Roman gold finger ring with intaglio of Roman god Mercury among treasures declared in Wales

A new set of archaeological treasures have just been declared after being found in Wales. Here are three of them

A Roman gold finger ring

a photo of a gold ring found by archaeologists in wales

© National Museum Wales

This ring has a form typical of the third century AD, with a narrow angled hoop expanding markedly to form triangular shoulders either side of a setting containing a dark blue intaglio (carved gemstone).

The intaglio has image of a standing figure – probably the Roman god Mercury – carved inside. It was found on farm land in the Community of Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn in October 2015.

A silver post-medieval seal matrix

a photo of a silver ring found by archaeologists in wales

© National Museum Wales

The pedestal type matrix is of a form and style characteristic of the 16th and 17th centuries. The engraved face features an unusual design of a pierced, radiating heart surmounting clasped hands and flowers.

Brecon Museum wants to buy the matrix, which was discovered on land in the Community of Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine in October 2015.

A small medieval brooch

a photo of a silver ring found by archaeologists in wales

© National Museum Wales

The silver frame is of quatrilobe form, with rounded mouldings in the angles between the lobes. Size and form-wise, the brooch is of 13th or early 14th century date.

It surfaced in the Community of Vale of Grwyney, Powys in March. Brecon Museum and National Museum Wales are both interested in adding the brooch to their collections.

Source