Find out what the experts have been discovering about the remarkable Lair spindlewhorl in the finds report, now available in the report section of the website.
The Lair spindle-whorl was found in 2015 during the excavation of a Pictish period turf longhouse (from c. AD 700-900) by the Glenshee Archaeology Project. It would have been used to add weight and momentum for hand-spinning yarn. The Lair spindle-whorl features intricate graffiti-like marks carved into one side of the siltstone. Some marks look like the body of a stag with lines depicting antlers. Other groups of incisions may be crude attempts at rune-like script. This object is a fascinating representation of early medieval material culture with the casual ‘doodling’ quality of the inscriptions making it truly noteworthy amongst other Scotland assemblages.