Dotaku Bells with clappers early to mid-Yayoi Period Awajishima island, Japan Bronze

Dotaku Bells with clappers
early to mid-Yayoi Period
Awajishima island, Japan
Bronze

For the first time, clappers have been found inside ancient Dotaku Bells. The bells were discovered on Awajishima island in Hyogo Prefecture in April of this year.

The bells were dug up at a sand storage location for a cement and stone company. The sand had been brought in from a coastal area of the island.

The bells are still filled with sand. The clappers have been identified using a CT scan.

Researchers are now looking for fibers within the dotaku because they believe the clappers were tied with string.

The interior places that were hit by the clappers showed damage, suggesting that the dotaku were used for long periods.