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Treasure hunter unearths ancient ring[UK][10th Century]
Wetherby News ^ | 18 Apr 2008 | Wetherby News

Posted on 04/18/2008 6:14:59 AM PDT by BGHater

A 10th century finger ring, which was found by a man using a metal detector in a field at Kirk Deighton, near Wetherby, may go on permanent display in a museum in Yorkshire.

Experts at the British Museum say the ring is 65 per cent gold, 33 per cent silver and two per cent copper with a weathered glass stone.

The ring, which was formerly declared to be treasure yesterday at an inquest in Harrogate, was discovered only a few inches below the surface in an arable field by Colin Ashton, of Ilkley.

Mr Ashton told the Coroner for the Western District of North Yorkshire, Geoff Fell, that at first he was not sure whether the ring was real or was costume jewellery.

He said: "I was aware of my obligations under the Treasure Act so I knew I had to find out whether it was precious metal or not.”

He took it to a jeweller in Ilkley who confirmed it was gold.

After consulting a local museum, Mr Ashton took the ring to the Finds Liaison Officer at the Yorkshire Museum in York who delivered it to the British Museum and informed the coroner.

Mr Fell said: "It is quite an impressive ring bearing in mind it is over 1,000-years-old."

The ring, which is similar to one found on the Scottish island of Iona and another at Hitchin in Hertfordshire, will now be valued by independent experts on a Treasure Valuation Committee. The British Museum has said that a local museum is interested in exhibiting it.

Treasure – The 10th century finger ring found at Kirk Deighton.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: metaldetector; ring; uk

1 posted on 04/18/2008 6:14:59 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

I understand that Helen Thomas has filed a petition to get her ring back.


2 posted on 04/18/2008 6:17:13 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: BGHater

I suppose the finder gets nothing in return. Not exactly an incentive to go “treasure” hunting.


3 posted on 04/18/2008 6:17:15 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I survived the same Bosnian gunfire as Hillary. It were'nt no thang.)
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To: BGHater

Ooooh! My Precious!


4 posted on 04/18/2008 6:18:36 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: blam

ping.


5 posted on 04/18/2008 6:19:41 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

After seeing Lord of the Rings, I’d be suspicious of anybody bringing me any ancient rings. . .


6 posted on 04/18/2008 6:20:24 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: BipolarBob
In the UK, finders of antiquities get recognition.
7 posted on 04/18/2008 6:22:15 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: BipolarBob

> I suppose the finder gets nothing in return. Not exactly an incentive to go “treasure” hunting.

I believe they receive a fair price for their treasure from the Crown. A very sensible arrangement if you ask me: the British learned all about predation of antiquities by practising it on others for a couple of centuries of Empire. ‘Tis only sensible that they learn from that and apply it on the home front.


8 posted on 04/18/2008 6:22:57 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: BipolarBob

If I recall correctly, it is evaluated and the finder is paid in full.


9 posted on 04/18/2008 6:23:10 AM PDT by ProfessorGage
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That’s nice.

In the US they get money


10 posted on 04/18/2008 6:23:51 AM PDT by ProudGOP
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To: BGHater

I hadn’t thought of Ilkley in a very, very long time!

“Ilkley Moor Bar t’At

Where hast tha’ been since I saw thee?
(I saw thee)
On Ilkley Moor bar t’at,
Where hast tha’ been since I saw thee?
(Hast thou been since I saw)
Where hast tha’ been since I saw thee?

On Ilkley Moor bar t’at,
On Ilkley Moor bar t’at,
On Ilkley Moor bar t’at.

Tha’s been a-coortin’ Mary Jane,
(Mary Jane,)
On Ilkley Moor bar t’at,
Tha’s been a-coortin’ Mary Jane,
(been a-coortin’ Mary)
Tha’s been a-coortin’ Mary Jane,”


11 posted on 04/18/2008 6:24:14 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: BGHater

I predict it will bring nothing but trouble for the owner...

12 posted on 04/18/2008 6:24:14 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Good find.

He'll be fairly compensated for the ring under the Treasuries Act/Law.

13 posted on 04/18/2008 6:25:55 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: BGHater
The ring, which was formerly declared to be treasure yesterday

I doubt it. This probably should be "formally".

14 posted on 04/18/2008 6:27:30 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Eurale

Good One!!!!


15 posted on 04/18/2008 6:27:59 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: BGHater
...which was formerly declared to be treasure yesterday

BAD English grammar!.........

16 posted on 04/18/2008 6:28:21 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Well, thanks to the Treasure Act, it’s owner is Great Britain generally. And indeed there is trouble there, Muslims-only swimming times at public pools, etc...


17 posted on 04/18/2008 6:29:25 AM PDT by coloradan (The US is becoming a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Red Badger

Might have meant “formally” declared...


18 posted on 04/18/2008 6:30:28 AM PDT by coloradan (The US is becoming a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

I suppose the Spanish government will claim a cut.......


19 posted on 04/18/2008 6:31:09 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: BGHater

Hate to sound dishonest here, but why do people turn those finds into the governments, especially if a person finds said objects on his/her own property?


20 posted on 04/18/2008 6:39:54 AM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10
UK Law. Gov’t, museums, heritage get first dibs.
21 posted on 04/18/2008 6:42:13 AM PDT by BGHater (It's easy to be brave from a distance.)
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To: madison10

Finders - keepers.
Losers - weepers.


22 posted on 04/18/2008 6:59:07 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Ask me again tomorrow.)
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To: madison10

Why do they give them to the government? Because they are not THEIRS. Same as if you find an envelope with $10K in it. It is the heritage of all the people.


23 posted on 04/18/2008 7:05:27 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: BGHater
"The ring, which was formerly declared to be treasure yesterday at an inquest in Harrogate,..."

Well, if it was formerly declared to be treasure, what is it now?

;-)

24 posted on 04/18/2008 7:15:08 AM PDT by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: BipolarBob

http://www.britarch.ac.uk/cba/potant15.html


25 posted on 04/18/2008 7:45:36 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: madison10

Because most people are fundamentally honest and understand the true value of an historic find. Besides which, if you did try to sell it without declaring it, you run the risk of being shopped to the cops, jailed and having a fine imposed upon you that far exceeds the cash value of your find....


26 posted on 04/18/2008 10:52:49 AM PDT by thundrey
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To: BGHater

Beautiful!


27 posted on 04/18/2008 11:00:11 AM PDT by mysterio
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