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The Iron Age

Craft and Industry

Green Spindle Whorl

Period:
Iron Age
Description:

Compared to the other Spindle Whorls found in the Iron Age collection, this example is much smaller, and dome shaped. It is undecorated and has a straight central hole and flat base and is made from a stone of greenish colour.

 

Spindle whorls.

 

Combed or carded fibre was spun on a spindle fitted with a whorl which gave it momentum as it turned. Most textiles of this period were made of wool. The raw fibre and clothes made from it were often traded between tribes.

Place of Discovery:
unknown
Materials/Media:
stone/sandstone
Dimensions:
diameter (max): 28 mm diameter (hole): 10 mm depth (max): 13 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1952.50.1
Digital Number:
RPD0364


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