SOM-7F16EB: Roman finger ring Guiraud Class 4e

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Unique ID: SOM-7F16EB

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete Roman copper alloy finger ring, with a glass inlay, probably dating to c. AD 200-400. The surviving section of the ring comprises of the bezel and one shoulder.

The finger ring has a collared bezel, oval in plan and with the collar flaring slightly towards the mouth. A blue glass inlay is set into the bezel, this appears to have originally projected slightly from the collar, but has been fractured, now with an irregular, unpatinated surface. At the mouth the bezel is 12.4mm long by 10.1mm wide, tapering to 12.3mm by 8.3mm as it expands from the hoop. The maximum thickness of the finger ring, including the glass inlay, is 5.7mm. The surviving shoulder of the hoop is triangualr in plan, initially D-shaped in cross section, but tapering in both width and thickness into a flat break. This is patinated, but relatively unworn. The hoop is 3.0mm thick and 7.3mm wide at the top of the shoulder, at the break it has reduced to 1.4mm by 3.1mm. Below the collared bezel the hoop is 8.4mm wide.

There is no indication of any surface decoration on either the hoop or bezel.

Overall dimentions: length 16.1mm; width 10.1mm; thickness 5.7mm; weight 2.35g.

The collared bezel and simplistic hoop seen on this example would suggest that it fits into Guiraud's class 4e, typically dated to the 3rd and 4th centuries.

Class: Guiraud Type 4e

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 200
Date to: Circa AD 400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 16.1 mm
Width: 10.1 mm
Thickness: 5.7 mm
Weight: 2.35 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st January 2016 - Thursday 6th April 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Wil Partridge
Identified by: Mr Wil Partridge

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt: 017350

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Glass
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

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

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

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: About one year ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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