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BH-117259: Late Medieval bell

Rights Holder: The Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Unique ID: BH-117259

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete copper-alloy late Medieval bell dating c. AD 1300-1500. The bell comprises a flat sub-rectangular suspension shaft broken across the circular perforation. At the opposite end the shaft expands into a head with four pointed leaves folded inwards to form a hollow, slightly flattened, sphere. Neither the surfaces of the suspension loop nor the head are decorated. The pea within the head no longer rattles, probably hindered by one of the compressed leaves. All of the bell's surfaces have patchy dark brown and light green patination. The entire object measures 20.8mm long; the bell head 13.4mm diameter and the shaft 5.8mm wide and 3.1mm thick. The bell weighs 4.95 grams.

For similar bells recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database see BH-01C08E, BH-A11E3E, NLM-3C156D and NLM-F22938.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.8 mm
Width: 5.8 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 4.95 g
Diameter: 13.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 13th March 2021 - Saturday 13th March 2021

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Brightwell Baldwin (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU6495
Four figure Latitude: 51.65015983
Four figure longitude: -1.07635147
1:25K map: SU6495
1:10K map: SU69NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 8 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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