GLO-836B92: Medieval finger ring

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Unique ID: GLO-836B92

Object type certainty: Certain
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A medieval finger ring formed of a flat band with a tapering profile. The band is decorated with three square panels; each panel is divided into four cells by a cross. The central panel forms the bezel, each of the smaller cells are engraved with a cross that emanate from the outside corner. The other two flanking sided panels are further divided by a cross saltire. The panels are separated from each other by several doted lines.

An almost exact copy of this find was found at Larks Hill, Worcester and was dated to the late 12th century (Hinton, 2006, 188-189). Again further examples of this style of artwork are found on the Iona spoon, also dated to the 12th century (Hinton, 2006, 184-185). Finally another finger ring of very similar design was found nearby at Highnam and reported under the 1996 Treasure Act, 2005 T511 (DCMS, 2008, 114, 351).

Diameter 20mm, width of bezel 8.5mm, width of hoop 5mm, thickness 0.7mm, weight 2.14g

DCMS, 2008, Treasure Annual Report 2005/6, Department of Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Property Unit

Hinton, D, A, 2006, Gold and Gilt, Pots and Pins: Possessions and People in Medieval Britain, Oxford University Press

Metal content: The precious metal content fulfils the requirements of the Treasure Act in that it is greater than 10%.

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T624


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1100
Date to: AD 1200

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 8.5 mm
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 2.14 g
Diameter: 20 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 15th August 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 2010 T624
Treasure case number: 2010T624

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Decoration style: Geometric
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: South Gloucestershire (Unitary Authority)
District: South Gloucestershire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Hawkesbury

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Bristol City Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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