Monday, June 4, 2018

PGM Artifact of the Month

 From the site of Pueblo Grande, this small modeled spindle whorl is decorated with punctations (holes). It is made from clay and measures 2.1 cm in diameter and the center hole is 0.4 cm. Whorls are components of spindles and act as a weight to maintain rotation during the spinning of yarn. 

Three types of whorls have been recovered at Pueblo Grande: worked sherds, modeled bead-like, and stone whorls. Modeled spindle whorls appear in the Hohokam area during the Sedentary period (AD 900-1150); their use increased during the Classic period (AD 1150-1450).

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