NMS-C811CF: Coiled finger ring of unknown date

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Unique ID: NMS-C811CF

Object type certainty: Certain
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Incomplete copper alloy finger ring of uncertain date (see discussion). It comprises a lenticular-sectioned strip of copper alloy 5.2mm in width coiled into one complete loop and two half loops, each terminating in a worn break. It has a smooth dark green patina with some pitting.

Coiled finger rings of this form first appear in the central European late Middle Bronze Age Tumulus culture (1600-1300 BC), however, coiled finger rings remained popular throughout the Iron Age and Roman periods through to the Early Medieval, with examples noted from Colchester (Crummy 1983: 48, no. 1758; unstratified) & Dorchester (Woodward et al. 1993: 120, no. 22; Late 1st/early 2nd century AD). Similar rings were also found during excavations at Meare Village (Coles 1987: 67, E18-19) in association with features of potential Iron Age date. The lack of diagnostic features on the present example combined with the unstratified nature of the find means that it it not possible to assign a close date range.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 11.3 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Diameter: 19.7 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 1st November 2018 - Tuesday 11th December 2018

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Miss Julie Shoemark

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NHRG122018

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hertfordshire (County)
District: East Hertfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Hormead (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL4129
Four figure Latitude: 51.94164169
Four figure longitude: 0.04984992
1:25K map: TL4129
1:10K map: TL42NW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Updated: About one month ago

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