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Spindle whorl
Date Made/Found: 550-400 BC
Vendor: John Percy Heathcote , 1904 - (?)1981
Material and Medium: Antler
Dimensions: Diameter 60mm, thickness 17mm, diameter of hole 18mm
Place Object Found: Brassington
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1981.1335
This Iron Age spindle whorl is made from a red deer antler and is quite large. It was found in Harborough Cave, near Brassington, Derbyshire. Spindle whorls were used to weight a spindle used in spinning wool. The spindle was spun to twist the wool into yarn. The whorl keeps the spindle turning as long as possible.

Clothes were made by families in their home. Leftover animal bones from mealtimes were fashioned into tools for making clothes. Wool was a popular material because it was warm and readily available as most farms kept sheep. Fabric rarely survives in the ground so archaeologists rely on tools and fastenings to show what clothing would have looked like.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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