LVPL-1C2607: Medieval ring

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Unique ID: LVPL-1C2607

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper alloy penannular ring or ear ring of uncertain date. The ring is hexagonal in cross-section and each end tapers to a sharp point. The object has a worn reddish brown to light green patina.

Dimension: 25mm in diameter, 4mm thick, 4.0g

KENT-62AB1A notes that: Objects of this shape are quite common finds from Roman contexts and are usually interpreted as earrings (Allison-Jones (1989), would classify these as Type 1 common and suggest they are common throughout the roman period. It should be noted that similar objects have however also been found from Early-Medieval contexts, where they are interpreted as finger rings or earrings (Rogers 1993, 1370-1371, fig 668, artefacts 5411-5413).

However the hexagonal cross section and patina of this object suggests that a medieval to post-medieval date is more likely. Plain rings of such proportions have often been suggested to be Medieval or Post-Medieval harness rings (Geake 2001, 74), though they are typically un-diagnostic. Although these harness rings are annular and do not have pointed terminals it may be the object has worn at these points due to wearing against another connection.

Class: Ear ring

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: UNKNOWN
Period to: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 4 g
Diameter: 25 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st April 2017 - Thursday 4th May 2017

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: South Northamptonshire (District)
Parish or ward: Deanshanger (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP7639
Four figure Latitude: 52.04419594
Four figure longitude: -0.8932804
1:25K map: SP7639
1:10K map: SP73NE
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

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Allason-Jones, L. 2011 Artefacts in Roman Britain: Their Purpose and Use Cambridge Cambridge University Press
Geake, H. 2001 Finds Recording Guide Version 1.1

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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