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    • Object type: ring
    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE

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Record ID: WILT-0C563E
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper alloy possible horse harness ring of Bronze Age to Roman date (c. 1000 BC - AD 410). The ring measures 20.95mm in diameter (internal diameter 9.9mm), is 5.75mm thick and weighs 9.13 grams. It is circular in shape with a defined circumferential ridge running around the centre and flattened faces above and below. The interior surface also features a defined circumferential ridge, creating a hexagonal cross section. The interior surface exhibits scratch or wear marks which appear to have occured during use. The ring has a pitted dark brown patina with patches of green. Similar…
Created on: Wednesday 29th April 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 29th April 2015
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Record ID: NARC-D24E6D
Object type: EAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A penannular ring with a thick mid section to the frame, tapering to pointed terminals that do not quite meet. This artefact type is relatively common, although its function is as yet uncertain. A possibly use of animal nose ring has been suggested, but subsequently refuted by farming professionals. Similar objects are recorded on this database as earrings, with a broad date range of Bronze Age to Post-Medieval. Until examples are found with a dateable context and definable function, the continued recording of them on this database is important to develop a distribution and typology o…
Created on: Tuesday 14th April 2015
Last updated: Monday 18th May 2015
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Record ID: SUR-8F221C
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold penannular ring of near-circular cross section. Bands of yellow and paler, silver-rich gold are clearly visible on the inside of the band, less so on the outer circumference where this decorative effect is very worn. Examination suggests that the ring is solid. An addition to a well known series of decorative rings. This example is the third from Surrey to be recorded under the Treasure Act.
Created on: Tuesday 4th November 2014
Last updated: Thursday 6th August 2015
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Record ID: NCL-DA41F5
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A copper-alloy finger ring of Bronze Age date, 1500-1150 BC. The finger ring is made from a coiled rod of sub-square section, with approximately two coils remaining. One end is 'finished', but the other had a sharp break, indicating that at least one coil is lost. See also SUSS-C5D042; LANCUM-A4E905; NMS-300286; and SWYOR-3FF370.
Created on: Monday 8th September 2014
Last updated: Monday 8th September 2014
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Record ID: IOW-397547
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete Bronze Age gold plated base metal penannular ring (c. 1150 BC-c. 750 BC). Treasure case no. 2014 T593. The ring is circular in cross-section and tapers slightly towards the flat terminals. It is decorated with broad silvery stripes of paler gold which are barely visible. Examination of the ends indicates that it has a base metal core. 17.8mm (maximum diameter); 5.9mm (thickness). Weight: 7.97g.
Created on: Sunday 31st August 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 11th February 2015
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Record ID: NMGW-928F55
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
This is a complete and small penannular ring (or 'hair-ring') decorated with gold foil and a silvery gold inlayed strip. It appears that the gold foil was wrapped around a copper core, and around this, in continuous spiral fashion a silvery gold strip was inlayed, to provide a striped colour effect. The stripes are wide, with four silvery gold inlayed stripes and five gold foil stripes evident around the ring. The terminals are flat-ended and not expanded, 1.3mm apart on the interior side and 2.7mm apart on the exterior side. Careful examination of the terminals shows the folded over …
Created on: Friday 18th July 2014
Last updated: Friday 18th July 2014
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Record ID: NLM-570971
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy possible Ring fragment. Cast segment from the inner circumference of a hollow ring of estimated external diameter 60mm. The external surface has a bright grey finish, perhaps from tin in the metal mix if not applied as a plating; the latter possibility arising from its apparent loss from the edges of the piece. This object was kindly allocated to the Bronze Age by Dr Kevin Leahy (in April 2011); it may be from a suite of horse gear. Suggested date: Late Bronze Age, 1000-800 BC. Length (as found): 31.4mm, Width: 11.5mm, Thickness: 1.2mm, Weight: 3.31gms.
Created on: Monday 9th June 2014
Last updated: Monday 9th June 2014
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Record ID: NMS-300286
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete Middle Bronze Age copper alloy finger ring formed from a coiled pointed-oval sectioned bar. The intact end is narrowed and rounded. One and a half coils remain. External diameter 18 - 19.5mm. Width and thickness of bar 4.5 and 1.6mm. Cf. Smith 1959, GB 47 no.5 and SUSS-C5D042. c.1600 - c.1000 BC.
Created on: Thursday 19th December 2013
Last updated: Monday 24th March 2014
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Record ID: NCL-1F12D2
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete copper-alloy ring, probably of late Bronze Age date, c.1100-700 BC. The object is sub-circular in section with a gentle curve to it. It is undecorated.
Created on: Wednesday 19th December 2012
Last updated: Thursday 20th December 2012
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Record ID: SUSS-B02677
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description Half of a penannular ring of circular cross-section comprising gold foil covering a base metal (copper alloy) core. The exposed core and outer surface of the gold are iron-stained, probably from the burial environment. The fragment appears to have been quite neatly cut from the direction of the gap as the inner edge of the cross-section is flattened over the edge of the core and the outer edge is more ragged. Maximum diameter 18mm; width 7.0 x 6.5mm. Weight 5.67 grams. Composition Appended report below. Identification A well known later Bronze Age type, decorative in …
Created on: Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Last updated: Saturday 21st March 2015
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Record ID: LEIC-4AB781
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Bronze Age gold penannular ring. The object has a slightly tapering sub- circular section and is turned inwards to form an open loop. The object has flat terminals which are aligned almost parallel, tapering inwards slightly at their inner edge and are set 4mm apart. Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of the penannular ring carried out by the British Museum's Department of Conservation and Scientific Research indicated a gold content of 82-85%, silver content of 12-14%, the remainder being copper. The ring weighs 6.06 grams and the specific gravity measurement o…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Last updated: Thursday 20th August 2015
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Record ID: LEIC-AC92E5
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Bedford
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy ring, probably dating to the Bronze Age or Iron Age. This example is similar to rings found in Suffolk (SF-7BD5C1), Norfolk (NMS-688046), North Lincolnshire (NLM-2CB634) and Shropshire (HESH-4B9AC5). The object is 5mm thick, 18mm in exterior diameter, 8.5mm in interior diameter and weighs 5.32g. The use of this object is difficult to interpret. It may have had a decorative function in harness or personal dress. It shows no particular signs of wear, but is chipped with a small chunk missing on the outside edge. The surface of the object has a dark brown patina with pit…
Created on: Tuesday 3rd April 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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Record ID: SUR-7A1338
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold, or gold-plated copper alloy pennanular ring of near-circular cross section decorated with clearly visible bands of two different colours or alloys of gold.
Created on: Friday 24th February 2012
Last updated: Saturday 28th February 2015
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Record ID: NMS-4115B2
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Fragment of hollow ring, thin-sectioned body (<1mm) squashed and broken, external diameter 70mm, internal diameter 30mm. c. 1000 - c. 700 BC.
Created on: Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 24th August 2011
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Record ID: NMGW-093625
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: the Vale of Glamorgan
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A small and creased fragment of gold foil. The foil is folded over in half and has jagged tear edges on three sides.
Created on: Friday 15th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 12th May 2011
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Record ID: NARC-84F531
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete copper-alloy penannular ring with small circular indents on the upper face and one side. Thicker in the centre (8mm) and tapers down towards the ends 95mm). the inner diameter is approximately 17mm. This item could be an earring, but similar objects have been defined as 'ring-money'. The function of 'ring-money' is unknown; they date mainly to the Late Bronze Age, between 1150-750BC.
Created on: Tuesday 4th August 2009
Last updated: Monday 13th October 2014
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Record ID: NCL-9A0DA1
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A 5-coil gold penannular ring, cut at each terminal. Each coil is made individually from a solid gold wire. The wire is circular in section. In addition to being cut, the ring has been damaged due to bending, with two of the wires separating from the rest and bending at different angles. This damage indicates that the coils were probably heated and then pressed together along their lengths, as there is a slight flattening of the coils along the lengths revealed. For comparisons, see 2005 T495.
Created on: Tuesday 12th May 2009
Last updated: Saturday 21st March 2015
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Record ID: SUSS-F2DF27
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: East Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy ring, probably a harness or suspension loop. The ring is circular in section and decorated with two transverse grooves of the outside. The remains of a casting seam can be seen on the inside, but this has mostly been polished away. It has a external diameter of 15.8mm and an internal diameter of 8.7mm. The hole is slightly off centre and the wider side is also thicker; at the maximum point the side is 4.5mm wide by 4.8mm thick and at the minimum point it is 2.6mm wide by 3.3mm thick. It weighs 3.4 grams. Although Bronze Age-Roman cast copper alloy beads with similar …
Created on: Tuesday 29th January 2008
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: HAMP-D6F928
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Bronze age, plain, penannular gold ring of roughly circular cross section. One terminal is damaged revealing that the piece comprises a gold covering over a base metal core. The covering is also split in one place.
Created on: Tuesday 4th September 2007
Last updated: Wednesday 18th April 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-3FF370
Object type: FINGER RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: North Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A large copper alloy finger ring formed from a coiled rod. The rod is sub-circular in section with sharply cut ends. The ring has a diameter of 33.9mm, is 13.2mm tall over three coils of the rod, and the rod is 4.9mm thick. There is an even light green and brown patina on all surfaces. This large ring could have been used as currency and probably dates from the Bronze Age or Iron Age. There is a very close parallel in the Yorkshire Museum Boynton Collection (YORYM 2006.1110) which is from Cyprus. There are also similar examples, but larger and described as bracelets, on page 121 of Nic…
Created on: Thursday 28th December 2006
Last updated: Tuesday 4th September 2012
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Record ID: KENT-E6C152
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Penannular gold ring comprising a gold covering over a base metal core; this is usually a copper alloy. The piece has fairly fine stripes, probably of yellow and paler gold, but this decorative effect is extremely worn and heavily stained red-brown. The central area and gap are plugged with corrosion products which also form an excrescence on one side of the gap. External diameter 20x18mm; internal diameter about 7mm; width of gap about 2mm; breadth 7mm; weight 13.86 grams. Rings of this type date to circa 1150-750 BC.
Created on: Monday 18th September 2006
Last updated: Wednesday 18th April 2012
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Record ID: WILT-5045C4
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Possibly Late Bronze Age or Iron Age copper alloy ring, slightly damaged (a small chunk is missing). It is triangular in section, the inside surface being a smooth curve from one side to the other while the outside surface has a slight rib running around it. It is 25mm in diameter (internal 12.8mm) and weighs 12.63g. At least seven other examples of triangular-section rings with curved inner edges have been recorded from Wiltshire in the past few years. They are thought to date to the Late Iron Age period and possibly linked to harness. This example is rather chunkier and may date ea…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2006
Last updated: Thursday 13th December 2012
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Record ID: NARC-831C87
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A crude copper-alloy sub-circular ring. The ring is penannular with one slightly pointed end. It was possibly used as an ear ring, although there are a number of other uses for such artefact types. One such use might be a link in a chain. A similar artefact is illustrated in Crummy (1983, 50; 1796) which is cited as being a possible Roman ear ring. However other penannular rings of a not dissimilar nature make up links from a possible chain mesh purse (Crummy 1983, 50; 1850). A definite function for such items is thus difficult to ascertain, and when discovered outside a stratified con…
Created on: Friday 2nd September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NARC-82CC72
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A crude copper-alloy sub-circular ring. The ring is penannular with one slightly pointed end. It was possibly used as an ear ring, although there are a number of other uses for such artefact types. One such use might be a link in a chain. A similar artefact is illustrated in Crummy (1983, 50; 1796) which is cited as being a possible Roman ear ring. However other penannular rings of a not dissimilar nature make up links from a possible chain mesh purse (Crummy 1983, 50; 1850). A definite function for such items is thus difficult to ascertain, and when discovered outside a stratified con…
Created on: Friday 2nd September 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: WILT-C46DE1
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An unusual and incomplete ring of unknown date. It is made of a light material, probably bone or antler, or possibly shale as it is very dark in colour. The ring is D-shaped in section, being flat inside. The outside edge has been worked to give diagonal ribs extending from one edge to the other. Approximately half the ring has a layer consisting of over half the depth of the ring, 'shaved' off it. The structure below this is similar to bone. It is 28.5mm in diameter (internal 16.5mm), 8.5mm thick and weighs 2.12g. Because of the slightly crude workmanship and choice of material, a pre…
Created on: Tuesday 31st May 2005
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: NARC-AA5483
Object type: RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A copper alloy ring. The ring is an irregular circular shape, with an external diameter of 26mm and an internal diameter of 18mm. One surface of the ring is flat, whilst the other is raised.
Created on: Monday 13th October 2003
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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