BH-C3A8E7: Roman finger-ring

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Unique ID: BH-C3A8E7

Object type certainty: Certain
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Description of Object

Fragment of Roman silver finger ring of 'keeled' type. Probably 3rd century in date.

Only one shoulder, part of the hoop and the bezel survive. The shoulder is decorated with incised lines which run out to the edge, and the bezel consists of an octagonal moulding. This is inscribed 'DEO TOTA'. The shoulder is inscribed 'FELIX'.


The legend on the bezel refers to the Celtic deity Toutatis. The missing shoulder would have almost certainly have had the inscription 'VTERE', which, when combined with 'FELIX' translates as 'use (this ring) happily.' 'TOT' rings are relatively common Roman finds.


Acquired by Luton Museum.

Inscription: DEA TOTA /FELIX

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2007T357


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 200
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 11.1 mm
Width: 19.5 mm
Weight: 2.98 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 10th September 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Dr Richard Hobbs

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Treasure number 2007 T 357
Treasure case number: 2007T357

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Hockliffe

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Luton Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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