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Copper-alloy bell of conical body, broken around the open-mouthed rim, with a flat, expanded, suspension loop. No trace of the clapper remains. Bells like this were used as mass bells from the 1200s. However similar bells from earlier 800s to 900s contexts suggest further non-ecclesiastical functions. A later example from Norwich has been interpreted as a possible harness bell. Found during archaeological excavations at Edinburgh Castle 1989-1991.
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h 30mm (h 1 3/16")
dia 32mm (dia 1 1/4")
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