GLO-30DC46: GLO-30DC46 roman finger ring

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Unique ID: GLO-30DC46

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Brancaster Type silver finger ring with a square bezel. The face of the bezel in decorated with the recessed image of a human head and shoulders facing right, the basic shape of the head is most likely stamped, with a pointed nose in front and a slight recess for the eye. The hair is made from a series of straight oblique lines. The shoulders are made from a series of oblique incised lines. Behind the head are four elongated pellets. This is all surrounded by a drilled square beaded border that runs around the edge of the bezel.
The shoulders are decorated by three groups of transverse bands, these are; a double line of drilled pellets at the top, below the bezel; in the middle is a line of drilled pellets above an incised line; finally at the base of the shoulder are two sets of double incised lines. In between each group of bands is a double banded zigzag line. The rest of the hoop is plain.

Martin Henig has identified the ring and commented
'I suppose the closest parallel from Britain I know is from Roundway Down, Wiltshire (see Henig 'Art in Roman Wiltshire' pp 122-3 fig.6.14 in P.Ellis Roman Wiltshire and After (Devizes 2001). The Silchester (Senicianus) ring RIB II no.2422.14 and the double portrait Brancaster ring 2422.15 are in this group. Paul Corby Finney 'Senicianus' Ring'Bonner Jahrbucher 194 (1994) pp 175-196 is useful, nice parallels pp.180-183. Personally I think the type could run on into the 5th century'


Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Kurt Adams
Finds Liaison Officer, Gloucestershire and Avon

Dr Martin Henig
Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T392


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 300
Date to: Circa AD 450

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Weight: 4.8 g
Diameter: 35 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 2nd June 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Prof Martin Henig
Secondary identifier: Mr Kurt Adams

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 45505
Treasure case number: 2013T392

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

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

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Acquired by Corinium Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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