Viking man lost heavy gold ring in Essex 1,000 years ago, say archaeologists

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To the Vikings, such jewellery acted as portable currency and a sign of status © Saffron Walden Museum

The size and weight of the ring suggest that it was most likely worn by a man. It weighs over 32 grams and we know from X-ray fluorescence analysis at the British Museum that the metal is over 95% gold, the rest being silver and copper.

That’s fairly common for gold of this date, to be a good standard. Vikings were very concerned with the purity of the metal. On silver coins you sometimes find little nicks made with a knife blade where they were testing that they’d got decent quality silver.

It’s got a little bit of damage – probably hit by a plough or something in the thousand years that it’s been buried – but it’s our policy to preserve the ring as found and not try to restore it to ‘as new’ condition.

The ring was made by twisting two strands of gold wire and then twisting these with two tapering gold rods to form a hoop. The thin ends of the rods and wires were joined at the back of the hoop by beating them together into a flat, diamond-shaped plate. The plate is decorated with tiny punched circles…Read More (

Leeds’ Anglo Saxon gold hoard to go on display

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Anglo Saxon gold treasure includes four rings, which date between the seventh to 11th Centuries. Photo: Leeds City Council
Anglo Saxon gold treasure includes four rings, which date between the seventh to 11th Centuries. Photo: Leeds City Council


A “significant” hoard of Anglo Saxon gold unearthed by a metal detector in a Leeds field is to go on show.

Seven objects including four rings, which date between the seventh to 11th Centuries, were discovered in separate searches in 2008 and 2009. Read More (BBC)

Gold Tudor ring circa 1440-1600 AD found in Yorkshire, UK

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Lee Rossiter is a members of the Yorkshire Searchers and only been metal detecting for 18 months said he was amazed to find find such a lovely ring but almost threw it away because he thought it was costume jewelery.

Before discarding the object he decided to show it to some other members of the metal detecting group and the organiser Stuart Littlewood who gasped for breath and informed him he had probably found Tudor Gold.

After checking with the local ‘Finds Liason Officer’ from the Portable Antiquities Scheme based in Wakefield – it was indeed confirmed as a Tudor gold ring from approx 1440 – 1600 AD. The gold ring is now property of the Crown, but Lee gets to keep it for a short time whilst the ‘Treasure trove’ process is initiated.
It is thought the ring will eventually be acquired by a museum local to the find spot – which is being kept secret for the time being.  Yorkshire Searchers

Treasure hunter: How I thought a 700-year-old ring was a Coke can ring pull

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Paul Buxey was expecting, after his metal detector went off yet again, to frustratingly find it was yet another ring pull from a Coke can. Instead the electrician got a shock when he discovered, as he bent down to the soil in a field in Shipton-on-Cherwell, it was actually a 700-year-old a medieval gold ring.

He had been out with his metal detecting club, The Metal Detectives, a year ago and said just prior to his discovery he had come across three Coca-Cola can ring pulls “which give a very similar signal” to the gold ring…MORE (


King Tutankhamun (1332–1323 BC) Exhibit-Gold Dagger and Sheath

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King Tutankhamun Exhibit, Collection: Other Items - Gold Dagger and Sheath

Daggers were used by the ancient Egyptians from predynastic times onwards, though examples dating from the Old Kingdom are exceedingly rare. During the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom they were generally made of copper or bronze; gold, apart from its use for purposes of embellishment, was probably reserved for royalty. Queen Ahhotpe, mother of Ahmosis I, the founder of the Eighteenth Dynasty, had, in her funerary equipment, a solid gold dagger and sheath, both of which are now in the Cairo Museum. Tutankhamun’s mummy was provided with two daggers encased in gold sheaths, one with an iron blade and the other with a blade of hardened gold. It is the latter specimen which is shown here.

As an illustration of the goldsmith’s artistic ability and technical skill, this dagger, and particularly its sheath, are among the outstanding pieces of the collection. On the top of the pommel are the king’s cartouches in applied embossed gold and a wreath of lily-palmettes in cloisonne work. On the underside are two figures of falcons holding in each claw the hieroglyphic symbol for ‘eternity’ (shen)…MORE (

Henry Rollins: “10 Things You Don’t Know About the Gold Rush”- watch full show free

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Henry Rollins- 10 things you don't know about the Gold Rush
The Gold Rush was the largest mass migration in American History with hundreds of thousands of fortune seekers eager to stake their claim to the billions buried beneath California. Henry Rollins mines for little-known nuggets of truth about untold greed, vigilante justice, dangerous and destructive practices…. even secret societies still in existence today. Click here to watch “10 things you don’t know about the Gold Rush” Free! on

Treasure hunter uncovers Bronze Age settlement using Google Earth

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Howard Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Archaeology

Dean Rousewell October 22, 2014 –A treasure hunter has stunned archaeologists by locating an historic Bronze Age settlement – using just Google Earth.

Canny Howard Jones shunned his usual methods of finding ancient communities – and simply used the internet instead. He trawled satellite images for the sort of terrain that would have offered food, water and shelter for a prehistoric settlement.

Howard used Google’s overheard mapping site to zoom in on fields and farmland before pinpointing a spot in South Hams, Devon. The former Royal Marine then sought permission from the local landowner before heading down there to scour for remains.

To his amazement he soon unearthed old flint tools, pottery shards and scraps of metal thought to date back 5,000 years…MORE (

43 Years Ago: Nixon Shock- End of Gold Convertability

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RIchard Nixon in 1971 (Public Domain)On the afternoon of Friday, August 13, 1971, Then Federal Reserve Chairman Arthur Burns, Incoming Treasury Secretary John Connally and then Undersecretary for International Monetary Affairs and Future Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, along with 12 other high-ranking White House and Treasury advisors met secretly with Nixon at Camp David.

There was great debate about what Nixon should do, but ultimately Nixon, relying heavily on the advice of the self-confident Connally, decided to break up Bretton Woods by suspending the convertibility of the dollar into gold; freezing wages and prices for 90 days to combat potential inflationary effects; and impose an import surcharge of 10 percent.  

To prevent a run on the dollar, stabilize the US economy, and decrease US unemployment and inflation rates, on August 15, 1971 Nixon directed Treasury Secretary Connally to suspend, with certain exceptions, the convertibility of the dollar into gold or other reserve assets, ordering the gold window to be closed such that foreign governments could no longer exchange their dollars for gold. FULL HISTORY (Wikipedia)