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Medieval items unearthed in West Suffolk are declared treasure

Images provided by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service

Images provided by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service

Two Medieval items unearthed in West Suffolk have been declared as treasure at an inquest.

The hearing in Bury St Edmunds was told today how a gold finger ring containing a red stone, possibly a garnet, had been found near the town on December 22 last year.

The ring was found by Sam Smith and, according to Lucy Ellis of the British Museum, dated from the 12th or 13th century.

Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean declared the ring as treasure and said that Moyses Hall Museum was interested in acquiring it.

The second discovery was a silver early Medieval buckle found by Steve Foster near Mildenhall in October last year.

The inquest heard that the buckle, which was probably from the 9th century, was decorated with an animal on a niello background (black paste of copper/silver sulphide) and considered by archaeologists to be unusual.

Dr Dean declared the buckle as treasure.

 

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