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Iron and copper-alloy bell, or iron crucible with copper-alloy remains

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posted on 2021-10-27, 13:24 authored by Helena HamerowHelena Hamerow
Iron crucible (or bell??): towards the knee. Length 6.7cm, dimensions of mouth 5 x 7.5cm. It is a small iron pot, shaped rather like a cow-bell, with wide sub-rectangular mouth narrowing towards bottom. Inside are clear traces of bronze, apparently melted and forming a thin skin on the inside. On the exterior are remains of textile of a coarse twill type. Whether this is a crucible must await expert examination. If it was a bell, no trace remains of clapper or handle, although there are knobs of corrosion at the bottom which may be the remains of rivets.

History

Grave ID

Sarre Grave 259

Object ID

KAS843

Catalogue Number

KAS 843

Material

iron, copper alloy (Sonia Hawkes Material Notes; iron, bronze) (Antiquarian Material; iron, bronze)

Complete Keyword List (Including Alternatives)

miscellaneous, bell, unidentified (Sonia Hawkes Keyword; crucible) (Antiquarian Keyword; pot, bell, crucible)

Status

extant

Location

Maidstone Museum

Collection

Kent Archaeological Society

Category ID

misc

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