LVPL-B07C55: possible Viking finger ring

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Unique ID: LVPL-B07C55

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy twisted ring, possibly Viking in date. This ring consists of two pieces of copper alloy wire which have been twisted together. It is now not a full circle having been bent out of shape. Both ends are narrowed almost to a point. There is the remains of gilding on the surface.


Kevin Leahy has seen an image of this item and says 'I would be cautious and describe it only as 'possibly Viking'. We do get rings like this in the Viking period but the design is ubiquitous and was used at many periods of the past'. However, good Viking parallels exist for these rings (Graham-Campbell, 2011, pl. 82) which includes twisted rod rings found in Viking hoards.


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.22 mm
Width: 30 mm
Thickness: 3.97 mm
Weight: 7.4 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st February 2009

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Frances McIntosh
Identified by: Miss Frances McIntosh
Secondary identifier: Dr Kevin Leahy

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Greetwell (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF0071
Four figure Latitude: 53.226641
Four figure longitude: -0.503516
1:25K map: TF0071
1:10K map: TF07SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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