SOM-CAE9E4: Roman finger ring

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FINGER RING

Unique ID: SOM-CAE9E4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Treasure case 2013 T813: Disclaimed, returned to finder

Description: Fragment of Roman silver finger ring which has been broken at the shoulders with the hoop missing. The fragment is a flat oval in section with only slightly convex external and internal faces and rounded edges. The bezel is oval, thicker and wider than the hoop or shoulders and flat on top. It is not stepped up in thickness above the shoulders and is only defined by indented triangles at each corner running in from each edge. Any engraved decoration on the bezel is now illegible. The fragment narrows gradually and consistently from the bezel to the breaks.

Dimensions: It is now 17.2mm long, 2.8mm thick at the bezel and weighs 1.87 grams.

Discussion: The simple shape of the ring, relatively flat oval section and a lack of any distinguishing later features, such as a carination or expanded shoulders, means that it is probably a Henig type III, dating to the period AD 50 - 150 (Henig 2006, 4).

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.

Laura Burnett, Somerset FLO, March 2014

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2013T813

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 150

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.2 mm
Width: 2.8 mm
Weight: 1.87 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 21st October 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Robert Webley
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2013T813

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: West Somerset (District)
To be known as: Carhampton

Spatial coordinates


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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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Audit data

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Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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