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Spinning yarns: the archaeological evidence for hand spinning and its social implications, c AD 1200-1500

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This paper examines the archaeological evidence for hand spinning in medieval Britain from c 1200 to c 1500. Ceramic, stone and baked clay spindle whorls have dominated the excavated finds, but a new corpus of lead alloy spindle whorls, recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Scottish Treasure Trove, is presented here. Analysis of the metal whorls’ distribution, manufacture, dating and decoration is provided, illuminating the wide social and economic contexts in which they were u...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/00766097.2016.1221264

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Archaeology, Archaeology Institute
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Medieval Archaeology Journal website
Volume:
60
Issue:
2
Pages:
266-299
Publication date:
2016-11-24
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EISSN:
1745-817X
ISSN:
0076-6097
URN:
uuid:bb0cf809-2399-4b68-b7f6-2d37387a5898
Source identifiers:
616335
Local pid:
pubs:616335

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