Amateur archaeologist discovered the 1,800-year-old gold ring from Rome

This gold bling dates back to Roman times. Credit: Courtesy of Jason Massey

An amateur historian just unearthed a treasure that would run on an archaeologist green with envy: an ornate gold ring dating back to Roman times.

On the face of the ring — which is thought to be 24-karat gold — old craftsmen is placed on a black onyx with an engraving of the Roman god of victory drive with two horses, the BBC reported.

Jason Massey, a member of the for the Detection of the Veterans group, discovered the detailed ring on July 29, while surveying a field near the town of Crewkerne, England. [Photos: Mosaic Glass Dishes and Bronze Vessels from Roman Britain]

The 1.7-ounce (48 grams) of the ring has yet to be formally analysed, but the experts of the British Museum said the ring probably dates back somewhere between A. D. 200 and A. D. 300, the BBC reported.

At first, Massey thought the ring was a gold coin, because he found it in the middle of a stash of 60 ancient Roman coins that were buried in the field, he told the BBC. This site proved to be fruitful for Massey, and in November, he and his friends find a lead-lined coffin, and more than 250 coins, which also dates from the time of the Roman Empire, the BBC reported.

This generous findings indicate that a “very high status of the Roman villa” once sat on this site, Massey said.

“There is [a] instead of the figures floating in the water [for the value of the ring], but we are interested in the villa, who lived there and where they come from and who the person was who wore this ring,” Massey said.

According to Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, the finds liaison officer in Somerset and Dorset, England, “There are a couple of gold rings of that type date from Somerset, but they are not common,” she told the BBC.

And, like now, gold is “an indication that the owner is pretty rich,” Hayward-Trevarthen said.

This ring is far from the only Roman artifacts discovered by amateurs. In 2015, a man with a metal detector discovered a beautifully preserved Roman-era grave in a village north of London, and in 2013, amateur archaeologists discovers a huge network of tunnels under the Roman emperor Hadrian’s villa, in Tivoli, Italy.

Original article on Live Science.


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