Detectorists Unearth Rare Iron Age and Medieval Jewelry in England

Detectorists Unearth Rare Iron Age and Medieval Jewelry in England

Detectorists Unearth Rare Iron Age and Medieval Jewelry in England

In Shropshire, an iron age ring and medieval brooch discovered by metal detectorists were designated ‘treasure’ by a coroner.

In what is likely the country’s first set of inquests, John Ellery, made this two coroner declarations on April 21, 2020. via a video conference.

According to the Treasure Act 1996, objects defined as treasures must be offered for sale in the museum at a price set by an independent board of experts.

The aim of the Shropshire Museums is to acquire both items in order to display for the public to enjoy.

An Iron Age ring and a Medieval brooch (pictured) that were discovered by metal detectorists in Shropshire have been designated ‘treasure’ by a coroner

Metal detectorist Mark Lambert found the silver-gilt brooch — which features two carved centaurs — outside of the town of Bridgnorth and has been dated back to around 1200–1300 AD.

Experts believe that the brooch may once have had a pin looped around the arm or waist of one of the two centaurs, — or alternative could have been sewn directly onto a garment.

The ring was unearthed in Frodesley, in the south of Shropshire, by metal detectorist Christopher Mussell.

‘The brooch has hardly any wear on it and looks almost as good as the day it was lost some 800 years ago,’ Shropshire Finds Liaison Officer Peter Reavill told the BBC.

Only the sixth of its kind to have been found in the United Kingdom, the ring has been dated back to between 400–200 BC.

It bears similarity to rings that have been found in larger numbers in Switzerland.

Given this, it is possible that the ring was either imported from the continent or made as a local copy, said experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which records finds made by members of the public.

The ring was unearthed in Frodesley, in the south of Shropshire, by metal detectorist Christopher Mussell. Only the sixth of its kind to have been found in the United Kingdom, the ring has been dated back to between 400–200 BC 

Iron Age finds made from precious metals are ‘extremely rare’ in the UK, Mr Reavill told the BBC.

‘We know the county has amazingly rich prehistoric and specifically Iron Age archaeology with numerous important hill-forts,’ he added.

‘The brooch has hardly any wear on it and looks almost as good as the day it was lost some 800 years ago,’ Shropshire Finds Liaison Officer Peter Reavill told the BBC

‘What we don’t have is a great understanding of where these people lived, traded and farmed.’

‘This tiny personal object throws a beam of light on to the individual who once wore it.’ 

Subscribe to our newsletter!

[newsletter_form type=”minimal” lists=”undefined” button_color=”undefined”]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *