SF-2C7AE4: Norse bell

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Unique ID: SF-2C7AE4

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A complete copper-alloy norse clapper bell. Conical in shape measuring 27.2mm in height and c18.8mm in rim diameter, the rim is now distorted and one half is squashed flat, probably due to damage in the plough soil. The integral suspension loop is roughly circular in shape with a central circular perforation with iron corrosion within it. Inside the bell there is no surviving clapper, it is likely that an iron clapper was used originally and this has since corroded away.

The sides of the bell are decorated with open work triangles arranged to form two opposing groups, two groups consist of four triangles each, with their points arranged inwards towards eachother. Inbetween these groups there are two pairs of opposing triangles, again with their points towards each other. This norse bell dates to the late early-medieval period, c900-1066. Similar bells have been discovered elsewhere in Suffolk, from Covehithe (see SF-0A9956), Monks Eleigh(see SF-2071B7) and Barham (see SF-4A8FA1).

Class: clapper
Sub class: norse

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1066

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 27.2 mm
Weight: 6.12 g
Diameter: 18.8 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st May 2004

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Faye Minter
Identified by: Miss Faye Minter

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: East Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: Chippenham

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SF
Created: Friday 18th June 2004
Updated: Thursday 24th February 2011

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