SWYOR-3B5652: Early Medieval finger ring

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Unique ID: SWYOR-3B5652

Object type certainty: Certain
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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.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: National importance

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
Date from: Circa AD 900
Date to: Circa AD 1000

Dimensions and weight

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

Discovery dates

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

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Dr Sonja Marzinzik

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2009T221

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leeds (Metropolitan District)
District: Leeds (Metropolitan District)
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
Current location: Leeds Museum
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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