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Type: Almost a whole unburnt clay-disk decorated with circular cross impressions.

Use: Probably a weight for upright loom warp yarns.

Site: Raisio, Ihala, Mulli abode.

Period: Viking Age / Crusade Age / Early Middle Ages.

Dating: 980-1220 A.D.

Photographer: Antti Huittinen.


More than 67 kg of fragments of clay-disks have been discovered in Mulli abode. The disks have been shaped in clay and there is a hole in them. After shaping the disks were usually burnt. These items have been presumed to be, e.g., weights for nets or mouthpieces for bellows. In Mulli, clay-disks were most probably used as weights for warp yarns of upright looms when a fabric was woven. Clay-disks are known in Finland from the 4th century to the 13th century in abodes, cemeteries and prehistoric castles.

The diameter of the clay-disks of Mulli is 9-14 cm and the weight is 300-1100 g. There are several kinds of ornaments in the disks, like circular crosses, stick impressions, finger impressions, cord impressions and hole impressions.

Besides burnt clay-disks also unburnt ones were discovered. Thay had been preserved between and above the clay floor layers of the house with the clay floor.



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Coordinates: x=93, y=503.45, z=680, unit 3009.


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