Saltfleetby Spindle Whorl

Lead spindle whorl with runic inscription

A lead spindle whorl found at Saltfleetby St Clement, Lincolnshire, and inscribed with runes. The spindle whorl is thought to be early eleventh century in date, and is inscribed with runes that appear to mention the Norse gods Odin and Heimdall.

Object Type

Spindle whorl

Date

1000 — 1100

Style

Ascribed Culture

Original/Reproduction

Original

Material

Collection

Viking Objects

Current Location

Private Ownership

Keywords

Danelaw, Early_Medieval, Heimdall, Lincolnshire, Norse_mythology, Odin, runes, runic_inscription, textile_production, Viking, women

Further information

You can see the original at Private Ownership.

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Acknowledgements

Images sourced from the Portable Antiquities Scheme and (c) Lincolnshire County Council, CC-BY-SA 4.0 International

References

Portable Antiquities Scheme

Hines, John. 2017. “A glimpse of the heathen Norse in Lincolnshire.” In Crossing Boundaries. Interdisciplinary approaches to the art, material culture, language and literature of the early medieval world, ed. Eric Cambridge and Jane Hawkes, 118-26. Oxford: Oxbow.