A bone spindle whorl found in Little Carlton, Lincolnshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Bone Spindle Whorl (LIN-9D24C2)
A bone spindle whorl found in Little Carlton, Lincolnshire
Fibres were spun into thread using a drop-spindle of which the whorls were made of bone, ceramic, lead, or stone and acted as flywheels during spinning. Other bone and ceramic spindle whorls with decorative circumference grooves are known from Anglo-Saxon sites elsewhere in areas such as West Stow, Suffolk.