AFTER metal detecting for 30 years a gardener struck gold when he dug up a 1,300-year-old ring in a field.
However, he may not receive a penny as reward, a treasure trove inquest was told.
The early Medieval jewellery, dating back to the sixth century AD, was unearthed by Ian Bisset on cultivated farmland at Castlelevington near Yarm, Stockton, on July 29, 2012.
Other rare finds he has discovered over the years include two Viking pendants and a monastic seal. A spare bedroom at the home he shares with his wife, Christine, stores his less valuable booty.