SF-2C7AE4: Norse bell

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Unique ID: SF-2C7AE4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete copper-alloy 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 flat and 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 openwork triangles arranged to form groups. Two groups consist of four triangles each, with their points arranged inwards towards each other, perhaps forming a cross. In between these groups there are two pairs of opposing triangles, again with their points towards each other, with the bases towards loop and rim.

Similar bells have been discovered elsewhere in Suffolk, from Covehithe (see SF-0A9956), Monks Eleigh (see SF-2071B7) and Barham (see SF-4A8FA1). The type has 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. There is very little dating evidence to go on at present, but many examples have externally angled and internally circular loops which can be paralleled among certain Roman finds (compare those from Roman contexts published by Clarke 1970-71).

Class: clapper

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 1500

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 30th June 2016

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