NCL-0BCA96: Bell

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Unique ID: NCL-0BCA96

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Roman copper-alloy bell measuring 33.24mm long, 28.84mm wide, 3.30mm thick and weighs 15.9g. The cone shaped bell is cast with an suspension loop and two simply solid lines for decoration, one approx. 2mm from the loop at the apex of the cone, and the other approx. 3mm from the opening of the bell at the base of the cone. The inside of the bell is hollow, with the very degraded remains of the bell knocker, with heavy rust stains which suggest that it may have had a higher iron content than the rest of the bell.

The bell is in fair shape, with pit marks and corrosion on the outside, as well as missing pieces from the opening of the bell. The inside of the bell is much more corroded.

Similar to #4168 in Crumb 1983. "Colchester Archeology Report 2: The Roman Small Finds from the Excavation in Colchester" 1971-9. Essex: Colchester. Archaeologist Trust LTD."

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Broad period: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 40
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33.24 mm
Width: 28.84 mm
Thickness: 3.3 mm
Weight: 15.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Mallory Albert
Identified by: Mr Graeme Kettlewell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Harbottle (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NT9601
Four figure Latitude: 55.303082
Four figure longitude: -2.064551
1:25K map: NT9601
1:10K map: NT90SE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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