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Monday, 7 November 2011
Precious gold and ruby ring found in field
A METAL detection enthusiast scouring the South Yorkshire soil unearthed a 14th century gold ring studded with a ruby and an emerald, an inquest heard.
Metal finishing plant worker Paul McEvoy, aged 44, found the medieval finger ring just six inches beneath the surface .
He had been using his metal detector to search a stubble field in Thurcroft, near Rotherham.
Mr McEvoy, from Dinnington, told the Rotherham hearing: “I thought I had dug up a squash bottle top but it turned out to be a ring.”
He said on the day of his discovery he had been metal detecting for an hour - and had otherwise found only modern spoons, nails and a buckle.
The find, made in July, 2009 was verified by Beverley Nenk from the Department of Pre-History at the British Museum in London.
Landowners Judith and Hedley Leaning were at the inquest and said the land - which had been left fallow after growing wheat - was farmed by Richard Crowe from Tickhill.
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