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Gold Cupid ring found in England

A gold ring engraved with the image of Cupid has been found by an amateur metal detectorist in England. In the engraving, Cupid (also known by his Greek name, "Eros") is shown standing completely nude while holding a torch with one hand. The ring dates back around 1,700 years, to a

Bronze Age gold rings found in Wales

Two 'lock' gold rings dating back to the Bronze Age have been found in northeast Wales. The Late Bronze Age hoard of two 'lock' gold rings were discovered in the Community of Rosset. The wearer would've been a person of wealth and status within Late Bronze Age Society, between 10000 and

Ring reveals Viking/Islamic contact

An engraved 9th century ring found in a Viking grave in Sweden is revealing contact between Vikings and the Islamic world. Excavators of a Viking trading center in Sweden called Birka recovered the silver ring in the late 1800s. Until now, it was thought that it featured a violet amethyst engraved

Signet Rings Make the Mark

Since times prehistoric, signet rings have been used to showcase possession, power, and status in society. The very first seal was an "x" sign followed by hieroglyphs and engravings used in the Mesopotamian region. "Signet" comes from the Roman "sigillum" which means sign, token, battle mark or symbol. The Greeks

Viking silver found in field in Ireland

A silver Viking ring has been found removing stones from a field in Northern Ireland. Such finds are not usually made in Ireland and it is thought the ring may have originated in Shetland or the Orkney isles which were ruled by Vikings at that time. Vikings often used jewellery as a

Bronze Age gold “oath” rings found on Danish island

Four gold "oath" rings, used to make a lasting oath, have been found on the Danish island of Zealand. Based on certain grave finds, archaeologists reckon the rings were used by men. The name ’oath rings’ was inspired by the Icelandic sagas, in which people could take oaths by a gold

2,000-year-old bronze ring for a bear to wear found in Siberia

A bronze ring which dates back 2,000 years has been found in Siberia. The diameter of the ring is too tiny for a human to where and it is believed the ring was used to adorn a bear's claw as part of a bear cult. 'The ring is tiny in diameter

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