Spindle whorls are common finds from Early Anglo-Saxon sites, including from sunken featured buildings (SFBs) and from cemetery sites.
This spindle whorl is of a bun-shaped or plano-convex form with a central perforation. It has been made from a soft, dark grey clay which contains common burnt out organic (chapped grass or chaff) inclusions.
At 55g it is well above the average weight of 20-30g. There is likely to be some correlation between whorl weight and coarseness of thread with larger types likely used for coarse yarn.
The abundance of spindle whorls in the Early Medieval period indicate spinning was a routine, domestic-level activity.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Blunsdon, Wiltshire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Multiperiod
Discovery context: Sunken featured building