Unique ID: SWYOR-3B5652

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find waiting to be validated

Treasure case 2009 T221 (addenda to 2008 T553, SWYOR-F86A02)

Finger ring:
Large gold finger ring with round bezel and filigree and granulated decoration.

Spindle whorl:A flat lead object with a central perforation and a small dent on one side, most probably a spindle whorl, was found about 4-5 inches away from the ring.

Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of the finger ring indicated a gold content of 89-91%, a silver content of 5-7%, the rest being copper. The same type of analyses for the spindle whorl indicated that it is made from lead with a trace of copper, tin and antimony.

Dimensions: Ring: Diam. of band 25.8 mm; W. of band max. 14.1 mm; Th. of band max. 3.2 mm; Diam. of bezel 22.8 mm; Th. of bezel 11.5 mm; Weight 29.5 grams

Spindle whorl: Diam. 21.7 mm; Th. 5 mm; Weight 15.1 grams


This find qualifies as Treasure under the Treasure Act of 1996; the spindle whorl, as an associated object, also qualifies as Treasur.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Leeds Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T221


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: EARLY MEDIEVAL [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

Width: 14.1 mm
Thickness: 3.2 mm
Weight: 29.5 g
Diameter: 25.8 mm
Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 17th April 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes - [ view all attributed records]
Identified by: Dr Sonja Marzinzik - [view all attributed records]

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T221

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Completeness: Complete [scope notes | view all attributed records]

A resized image of Early Medieval finger ring

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Spatial metadata

County: Leeds
District: Leeds
To be known as: West Yorkshire

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector [scope notes]
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland[scope notes]

References cited

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Created: Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Updated: Tuesday 17th June 2014

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