HAMP-1A2A1B: Roman finger-ring

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Unique ID: HAMP-1A2A1B

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An incomplete Roman silver finger-ring, dating to the period AD 43-410. It is incomplete insofar as the intaglio which would have been set in the bezel is now missing. The frame of the ring is still complete. It is a Henig Type VIII, measuring 20.57mm in height, 25.58mm in width and weighs 5.89g. The thickest part of the ring, around the hoop, measures 2.01mm in thickness. The bezel measures 1.05mm thick.

The hoop has no decoration, until just before the shoulders. On one side, there are two pairs of diagonal incisions, one pair either side. The pair of lines are approximately parallel to one another, and run upwards towards the inside. On the other side, just before the shoulder, there appears to be two similar diagonal incisions, though these are singular lines rather than pairs. They run downwards towards the inside, the opposite of the pairs on the other side. Another incision can be seen before the shoulder, running upwards towards the inside. Where the shoulder starts is the widest part of the ring. The shoulder is broadly triangular, tapering inwards slightly and outwards again to produce a small knop either side. The decoration on both shoulders is identical, a pair of grooved "V" shapes, one inside the other. A line of seven punched dots flanks the lines of the outer "V" on each shoulder. The bezel is broadly oval in shape, measuring 11.99mm in length and 13.91mm in width. There is a darker rim around the oval, approximately 2.15mm in width. On this bezel the intaglio would have been set, but it has since been lost. Aside from the bezel, which has a rough patina, the patina of the ring is very smooth, and a dark silver in colour.

Parallels for this ring may be seen in HAMP-08647A and HAMP-EC91E2.

Class: Henig Type VIII

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T155


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 43
Date to: Circa AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 20.57 mm
Width: 25.58 mm
Thickness: 2.01 mm
Weight: 5.89 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Fiona Johnstone
Identified by: Miss Fiona Johnstone

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Hampshire Cultural Trust Entry Form WINCM 416
Treasure case number: 2017T155

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: City of Portsmouth (Unitary Authority)
District: City of Portsmouth (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Portsmouth

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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