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Last Updated: Friday, 27 August, 2004, 17:20 GMT 18:20 UK
Ancient ring ruled treasure trove
It is believed the ring was lost during a Scandinavian raid
A silver ring which was probably buried in a south Wales field for almost 1,200 years has been officially declared treasure trove.

Edward Mitchell discovered the piece of jewellery while using his metal detector on farmland near Barry.

It is thought the National Museum and Gallery of Wales is interested in acquiring the ancient ring.

The ring will be valued and as a result of the treasure trove ruling, Mr Mitchell will receive a reward.

Medieval archaeology expert Dr Mark Redknap told a hearing in Cardiff: "The object is a ring with a row of triangles punched on the exterior.

"The form of the stamp is decorative found in jewellery typical of the Scandinavian raids on Britain in the 9th or 10th Centuries.

"The ring is likely to date back to then. "


He also confirmed that the National Museum and Gallery of Wales was interested in securing the ring.

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan coroner Dr Lawrence Addicott declared the ring treasure trove as it was more than 300 years old, contained more than 10% precious metal and the owner could no longer be found.

Another inquest ruled that a silver brooch was treasure trove and will also be given to the National Museum of Wales.

Treasure-seeker Adrian Jones, 38, discovered the medieval brooch in St Bride's Major in the Vale of Glamorgan while out with his metal detector.

The jewellery dates back to the 13th Century.

Mr Jones, of Pyle, near Bridgend, said afterwards: "It was the only thing I found with my metal detector and I handed it to the museum for safe-keeping. I'm very excited."


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