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LImestone spindle whorl, Iron Age. Found in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden (Historiska Museet)

LImestone spindle whorl, Iron Age. Found in Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden (Historiska Museet)

Sweden, bone, iron age

Sweden, bone, iron age

medieval spindle whorl. Hedmark, Norway (Kulturhistorisk museum)

medieval spindle whorl. Hedmark, Norway (Kulturhistorisk museum)

Viking era bone/horn spindle whorl, found at Björkö (Birka). Historiska museet.

Viking era bone/horn spindle whorl, found at Björkö (Birka).

GLENSHEE, SCOTLAND—The Scotsman reports that archaeologists excavating a 7th-9th-century A.D. turf longhouse in central Scotland have unearthed an unusual spindle whorl, or a weight used while spinning textiles on a spindle. About five centimeters in diameter, the spindle whorl appears to have been decorated with symbols that could be writing.

VIKING RUNES IN SCOTLAND (?) Adapted from Archaeology Magazine Archaeologists excavating a century turf longhouse in central Scotland have found.

Stone spindle whorl from L'Anse Aux Meadows, date approximately 1000 C.E.

Stone spindle whorl from L'Anse Aux Meadows, date approximately 1000 C.

Bone spindle whorl, Viking stone age, 4.4cm. long, 4.4cm. wide, hole's diameter is 1cm. Iciegarth, Sanday, Orkney.  Length: 21.46 mm  Weight: 23.45 g  Diameter: 29.54 mm

Bone spindle whorl, Viking stone age, 4.4cm. long, 4.4cm. wide, hole's diameter is 1cm. Iciegarth, Sanday, Orkney. Length: 21.46 mm Weight: 23.45 g Diameter: 29.54 mm

Spindle whorle with circular ornaments.  Bone/antler.  Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.  SHM 5208:1819

bone or antler spindle whorl with circular decorations (Historiska museet, Sweden) Spindle whorle with circular ornaments.

Viking era stone (sandstone?) spindle whorl with concentric decorations from Björkö (Historiska museet)

) spindle whorl with concentric decorations from Björkö (Historiska museet)

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