LVPL-8D3694: Roman ring

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Unique ID: LVPL-8D3694

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy ring of uncertain date. The object is circular in plan and D-shaped in cross-section. The outer face of the hoop is decorated with three circumferential rows of raised rounded knobs or pellets pellets with those in the central row measuring c.2mm in diameter while those either side measure c.1mm in diameter. Each edge of the hoop is decorated with a border of ropework.

The internal hoop is decorated with two linear ridges and a raised scar suggests the hoop has been soldered together at this point. The object has a dark brownish black surface however has been treated by the finder and therefore the original patina cannot be assessed.

Dimensions: 25mm in diameter, 6mm in width, 3.5mm thick, 8.2g.

It is possible that this object dates to the Roman period however an exact parallel has not been found. Roman copper alloy rings with a knobbed surface tend to have larger, cruder looking knobs and a smooth interior but there are glass rings illustrated in Henkel with a not dissimilar external appearance.

Strap fittings are also known from the Iron Age with similar clusters of 'bobbles' or knobs however they do not usually occur in an all-over pattern such as this, see It has been suggested by the finder that the ring may be paralleled by the gold Merovingian example however specialists from the British Museum don't believe the similarities are close enough for this to be the case.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 6 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Weight: 8.2 g
Diameter: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 1999 - Thursday 30th December 1999

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Warrington (Unitary Authority)
District: Warrington (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Winwick

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 11 months ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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