LANCUM-313319: Gold finger ring

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Unique ID: LANCUM-313319

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

Report on potential Treasure for H M Coroner

Treasure Number:2017T112

Find Spot: 'Maryport Area', Cumbria

PAS Database number: LANCUM-3C7098

Period: Roman, 3rd century

Museum interest: Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport

Description: A complete Roman gold and garnet finger ring dating to the Roman period, probably dating from the 3rd century AD. Octagonal with raised bezel, the ring has a rectangular section hoop. The shoulders are slightly expanded and the bezel part is rectangular in shape, giving the finger ring an overall flat-oval shape. The bezel is decorated with a tear shaped garnet, set within cell created from reserve metal.

Discussion: This is a ring of well-known Roman type, octagonal with raised bezel, and there are parallels from Piercebridge (NCL-914391) and the Wall region (cf Barbara Birley and Elizabeth Greene, The Roman Jewellery from Vindolanda Research Report NS IV Fascicule V Beads, Intaglios, Finger Rings, Bracelets and Ear Rings (Vindolanda Trust 2006) pp,123-4 and fig.3.3, SF300) which contains a hexagonal inscribed cornelian and is dated as from the 3rd century, but could be slightly later.

A garnet of the same shape but in another form of gold ring dated 2nd-3rd century comes from afrom a cremation burial at Cologne (cf K├Âlner Jahrbuch 5 (1960-61) p.63, illustrated in Kathy Sas and Hugo Thoen, Schone Schijn/Brillance et Prestige (Leuven 2002) p.145 no.18).


Length: 17.5 mm; Height: 10.6 mm; Width: 17 mm; Thickness: 1 mm; Weight: 6.24 g

Conclusion: 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.


Dr Dot Boughton, FLO (Cumbria/Lancashire)

Dr Martin Henig (University of Oxford)

Find of note status

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

Class: Octagonal with raised bezel

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T112


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 350
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.5 mm
Height: 10.6 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 6.24 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 18th January 2017

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Dr Dot Boughton
Identified by: Dr Dot Boughton
Secondary identifier: Prof Martin Henig

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T112

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Gem
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Inlaid with other or unknown

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cumbria (County)
District: Allerdale (District)
To be known as: Maryport

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
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Cliff and related features

References cited

No references cited so far.

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