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Crotal Bells
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As some of you know, we are in the process of researching crotal bells for a reference article on our UKDFD website.
http://www.ukdfd.co.uk

One of many questions that has arisen from our efforts to date is just how old is the fundamental concept of a crotal bell? By this, I mean when were the first bells with a loose, but contained, pea 'clapper' made.

Most of the material we've consulted implies that they date back to ancient (Biblical) times, but we have struggled to find any hard evidence of them prior to the 13th century.

Does anyone know of any earlier examples that have been published from a secure archaeological context or other reliable source?

http://www.ukdfd.co.uk
Recording OUR heritage for future generations.
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#2
Crotal bell is a common term for the brass-like feel of dangly appendages that have been too long suspended over frozen ground in snow-filled trenches.Big Grin

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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#3
This condition can be relieved with liberal quantities of a certain blended whisky, hence the nameBig Grin

Apply internally for best results.
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#4
or "deep heat"??

Lucy
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#5
come on now people.... serious question here... Wink

Does anyone know references?

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."
Khufu
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#6
Depends who rubbing the "Deep Heat" in. [:p]

http://www.ukdfd.co.uk
Recording OUR heritage for future generations.
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#7
See Mr Hosty, the author has joined in - that means we have official permission to be flippant. Hooray!!

Can't think of anything else to say now[?]
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#8
sob ....... Wink

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."
Khufu
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#9
Have to admit that I have never heard the term before.I was lucky enough to attend a lecture on the archaeology of those lumpy bits that stick out of the top of Scotland-one postgrad student put up a picture of an early cu alloy? bell with clapper.Will hunt down her recent paper in the next few days and post it for you.As an aside-"deep heat"? Sadism......Big Grin

..knowledge without action is insanity and action without knowledge is vanity..(imam ghazali,ayyuhal-walad)
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#10
have to confess... this seems to be a area of ressearch that is being carried out only by detectoprists... look forward to the final publication.. as it will be of real use.

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."
Khufu
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