WT 35 is a spindle whorl found in a Hellenistic 2A stratum. It is made out of steatite, a stone that is not local to the area; thus the whorl (or the stone) must have been imported. It weighs 10 grams and is slightly smaller than a fifty-cent piece in diameter. On the convex face are two concentric circles incised around the circumference.
A whorl’s function is to provide circular momentum to the spindle’s long stick as it spins, drawing out thread from raw material and winding it around the spindle. Precise care must be taken in manufacture, as the centripetal force that allows the whorl to spin quickly and evenly is hindered if the hole is off-center, or if the whorl is heavier on one side. The spindle whorls used by modern weaving enthusiasts are virtually identical to WT 35 due to the essential simplicity of their function: to spin.
Spinning thread could have been performed year-round at Tel Anafa, whether to provide thread for the site’s residents to use for their own clothing or to weave textiles for trading. A weaver likely kept a ‘kit’ of multiple whorls of different sizes and weights: a heavier whorl is best for heavier, thicker material while a lighter whorl suits fine, delicate thread. From the 44 whorls from Tel Anafa that were weighed, it is clear that whorls whose dimensions and weight cluster around those of WT 35 were favored. This size would have been used to spin short staple wool and fine thread, appropriate for sewing and also for weaving lighter garments, whose prevalence may have been dictated by the climate or personal preference.
 Katherine A. Larson and Katherine M. Erdman, “Tools for Textile Manufacture,” in TA II, iii, esp. pp. 157-158, 159-161, and 163-164.