Comparison in spindle whorls

Kerdsap, Puangtip, and Chang, Nigel (2016) Comparison in spindle whorls. Science and Technology Research Journal Sakon Nahon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, 1 (1). pp. 48-59.

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Abstract

Archaeologists use artefacts (material culture) to understand what life was like in the past. The analysis of artefacts allows us to reconstruct ancient technologies and gives clues to social systems and how and why they change. In this article, we consider a particular artefact, the spindle whorl, which is found quite commonly in Thai and other archaeological sites around the world. The methodological study is a documentary research that it has a main question and searches data to answer it. We look at how and why this artefact differs in form and material around the world and consider what it can tell us about the societies that manufactured and used them. We present some detail on these artefacts from several Thai prehistoric sites such as Ban Don Ta Phet, Tha Kae and Ban Non Wat. The result of this study found that spindle whorls around the world have differences in name, shape, material and spinning technique. Moreover, the environments and cultures are the main factors to make a difference of spindle whorls and using them. Finally, finish by highlighting some of the unanswered questions that remain regarding these artefacts, especially in the Thai context.

Item ID: 44421
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2465-4507
Keywords: spindle whorls; prehistory; Iron Age; Thailand; archaeology; Ban Non Wat
Funders: Earthwatch Institute
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 02:52
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 100%
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