Is this a bell?
June 19, 2008 at 1:46 am #10902AnonymousInactive
Greg in St. Augustine, FL, writes to say:
I am working as an archaeology intern in St. Augustine, fl this summer and we have come across what looks like a concreation of a large cast iron bell. What sources would you recommed to help indentify this, if it is a bell? thanks for you time, Glen UWF
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June 19, 2008 at 2:01 pm #13927hjlongMember
If this item is iron and not bronze, it is unlikely that it is a ship’s bell since iron corrodes rapidly in the salt air. The pictures that you sent show a tubular protrusion from the side of the object, and this would not be found in a bells. When you have the item removed from the sand and the barnacles removed from it, you should be able to determine whether it is a bell or not. My guess is that it is a part of a boiler and not a bell.
Harry Long, MD
June 25, 2008 at 6:23 am #13928maxkurilloParticipant
Gotta ring in on this one. Last month sent a four page review of a bell found on the Queen Anns Revenge to UNC. Underwater archaeology! what exciting fun. We need more information from your site log (note book). Was this found in a location of a known ship wreck, how long and wide is this thing, what depth was it found, does a magnet stick to it, from the curved body area you can determine the diameter (let is know), describe and size the protrusion, get all these things done and get back to us, also get a weight of this thing. I think Harry Long is on track. Long shot! might it be something the UWF mentor wanted you , or the class, to find for an exercise, you remember the chemistry class finals ( beaker of some liquid, find out the contents) remember that class Harry. Remember Greg, whatever you do, enjoy your project, please keep us informed. Max Kurillo
July 14, 2008 at 2:10 am #13929GarryParticipant
If I may make a suggestion?
Have it x-rayed. It’s hard for me to make out from the photos, but I am thinking you may have more than one object there, stuck together. The part you call a tube, may simply be a small bell or cup lying on other material and cemented together now.
From the x-ray you might be able to see the edges of the item(s) better and/or tell if they are hollow.
Just a thought!
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