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The Iron Age

Craft and Industry

Spindle Whorl

Period:
Iron Age
Description:

One of the most common finds from the Iron Age period are spindle whorls, with this small example being a typical example. Undecorated, it has a straight hole slightly off centre, flat faces and a rounded edge. It is composed of a light grey stone, has split and has been subsequently glued together by a conservator.

 

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): 24 mm diameter (hole): 8 mm depth (max): 11 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1952.50.2
Digital Number:
RPD0366


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