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The Iron Age

Craft and Industry

Spindle whorls

Period:
Iron Age
Description:

Spindle whorls were used for spinning wool. The spindle whorl on the left has been shaped out of a stone, while the one on the right has been made with clay.

 

Combed or carded wool was spun on a spindle fitted with a whorl. This helped to weight it, and gave momentum as it turned. These whorls were found on sites with religous connections, including Lannhall, Tynron; Kirkfield, Mouswald; Durisdeer Churchyard and Kirkhill, Dalton.

 

The similarity of stone and design combined with the widely separated sites may mean that there was a trade or localised industry in spindle whorls.
Materials/Media:
Stone; clay
Dimensions:
diameter 51mm; diameter 42mm
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
PU425, CL446
Digital Number:
EAAH001n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council