KENT-4D4DB5: Silver ring

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Unique ID: KENT-4D4DB5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A silver twisted wire finger-ring, likely of Early-Medieval date.

Description: 2-strand silver finger-ring made of twisted rods, tapering at the ends to plain terminals

Dimensions: diameter 23 x 19mm, weight 2.75g

Discussion: Both annular and penannular rings made of twisted rods are known from the Viking Age (Graham-Campbell 2011, pl. 82). The general appearance and proportions are consistent with Viking rings although the construction is simpler than most (cf the ring from West Bergholt, Essex (Graham-Campbell 2011, pl. 82: 32)) which has a similar 2-strand construction, but alternating with two narrower strips between the two main rods. There is no evidence of secondary treatment such as test marks, but this is not found on all objects of the period. Later jewellery inspired by this period is relatively common, so it is not possible to attribute the object definitively to the Viking Age. However, there is no specific reason to doubt an Early-Medieval attribution, and on the balance of probabilities it seems more likely than not to be a genuine Early-Medieval artefact.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Maidstone Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T108


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 800
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19 mm
Width: 23 mm
Weight: 2.75 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Identified by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T108
Museum accession number: MNEMG 2019.3

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Tonbridge and Malling (District)
Parish or ward: Kings Hill (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ6655
Four figure Latitude: 51.26997699
Four figure longitude: 0.37822683
1:25K map: TQ6655
1:10K map: TQ65NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Maidstone Museum

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Graham-Campbell, J. 2011 The Cuerdale Hoard and related Viking-Age silver and gold from Britain and Ireland in the British Museum London The British Museum

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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