MHG60616 - Spindle Whorl and Flint Blade - Auldearn


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Casual find of a steatite spindle whorl of slightly irregular annular form with flat faces and rounded edges (still bearing slight facets from manufacture). Cylindrical perforation (D 11-12mm) with some wear polish. D 32.5- 33.5mm, H 15mm, Wt 25.25g. The use of steatite (soapstone) is unusual; the nearest possible source is Portsoy.
Claimed as Treasure Trove (TT 193/16) and allocated to Inverness Museum. <1>

Information from the Treasure Trove database describes a worked stone object, torus shape. Very worn with smooth sides. Possible trace of notch decoratoin Possible steatite. 33.4mm x 5.1mm 25.3g. Also a dark flint tool, blade with outer skin present. 35.5mm x 19.9mm x 8mm. Chance finds. <2>

The spindle whorl is listed under Acc. No. 2018.009 in the Inverness Museum catalogue. <3>

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred NH 9240 5480 (60m by 60m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH95SW
Civil Parish AULDEARN
Geographical Area NAIRN

Finds (2)

  • SPINDLE WHORL (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • BLADE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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