DENO-8EAFE4: Roman Finger Ring

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Unique ID: DENO-8EAFE4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure Item 2012 T107: Complete silver Roman finger ring, Henig Type XI, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century AD. The ring is roughly D-shaped with a broad flat bezel and sub-circular hoop. The bezel, which is sub-rectangular in shape, has bevelled shoulders carrying impressed semi-circular detailing outlined with an incised line. This semi-circular detailing flanks either end of the rectangular bezel and below this the shoulders taper to form the narrowed hoop of the ring. Both the shoulders and hoop, which are undecorated, are plano-convex in section. The bezel is inscribed with the lettering DMT and both above and below this lettering there is worn incised hatching in the form of two transverse lines with vertical lines between, reminiscent of ladders. The ring is notably worn and polished through wear. There are some slight copper alloy patches on the base of the hoop which probably represents post-depositional leaching.

The exact meaning of the letters 'DMT' is not certain. Finger rings in Britain often include dedications to deities. It is probable that the lettering is an abbreviation of D(eo) M(arti) T(outati). This interpretation, including the local deity Toutatis, who is often conflated with Mars, has been suggested due to a number of known Roman finger rings, specifically in this regional area, and peculiar to Roman Britain, which carry dedications to Toutatis. Compare to an inscribed silver ring, from the 1938 excavation of the vallum crossing south of the fort at Benwell (RIB II, 3: 2422.22), where three alternative expansions of the unpunctuated DMT are given. Typically, however, such rings carry the inscription TOT (Adam Daubney, pers. comm.). Compare to similar examples on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database: eg. LIN-D212A5, LIN-3D76C2

Dimensions: Thickness: 1.62 mm (bezel), 1.46mm (base of hoop) Width: 11.56mm (bezel), 5.01mm (base of hoop) Length: 25.08mm (shoulder to shoulder), 15.54mm (bezel) Height: 20.69mm (bezel to base of hoop) Weight: 7.9g

As the object is more than 10% precious metal and more than 300 years old, it fulfils the requirements of the 1996 Treasure Act.


[NB: Above report ammended by Ralph Jackson of the British Museum in relation to the likely interpretation of the inscription DMT]

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Potential for inclusion in Britannia

Class: Henig Type XI

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T107


Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 100
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.08 mm
Height: 20.69 mm
Width: 11.56 mm
Thickness: 1.62 mm
Weight: 7.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 1st November 2011

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Identified by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Secondary identifier: Dr Adam Daubney

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Derby E7528 & 2012 T107
Treasure case number: 2012T107

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Gedling (District)
To be known as: Carlton Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
Discovery circumstances: Found in Garden (Imported Soil)
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Updated: 4 years ago

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