NMS-E837B5: Roman Bell

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Unique ID: NMS-E837B5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Roman copper alloy bell with circular base and very slightly convex sides tapering to a suspension loop in the shape of an inverted triangle. The suspension loop has a circular perforation and the body of the bell has ten triangular openwork apertures, alternately apex-up and apex-down. Iron corrosion inside represents the remains of the crown staple. The bell is slightly squashed. Height 35mm. Diameter 22mm.

Compare examples from Beachamwell (HER 25476), Bradenham (HER 31358), Great Dunham (HER 45401), and bells dated on the PAS website to the Roman period, from Newport, Essex (ESS-954081), Brill, Buckinghamshire (BUC-F532E5), Chippenham, Cambridgeshire (SF-2C7AE4), Barham, Suffolk (SF-4A8FA1), Paulespury, Northamptonshire (NARC-D9C172) and West Clandon, Surrey (SUR-B48E74). This type of bell has recently been briefly considered by Schoenfelder and Richards (2011, 153-4). It appears to be a regional type, being confined to an area south of the Wash-Severn line.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 409

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 35 mm
Diameter: 22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 22nd July 2013 - Monday 16th September 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Steven Ashley
Identified by: Mr Steven Ashley

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 24196
Other reference: NMD092013

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk (District)
To be known as: FINCHAM

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMS
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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