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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Medieval gold ring found in North Yorkshire field

A MEDIEVAL gold ring has been discovered in a North Yorkshire field by a farm-worker with a metal detector.

Christian Smith, from Grimethorpe, near Barnsley, found the artefact while surveying a field by Whorlton, near Stokesley back in April 2011 but did not think it had any value.

However when its age and composition became clear the find was reported, as required by
law  and an inquest into the discovery was held in Northallerton today (Wednesday, March 13).

Coroner Michael Oakley said experts from the British Museum had examined the find and found it to be an early medieval, Viking, finger ring dating from the late ninth or tenth century.

He declared the item, found on land owned by Steven Dawson, was treasure.

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