An amateur metal detectorist has discovered an ancient signet ring believed to date back to 200AD in a Suffolk field.
Kevin Cracknell. 59, first thought he had unearthed a modern ring lost by a farmer when he dug up the jewellery – which had the initials ‘DM’ inscribed on it – last year.
However, an inquest has heard it is in fact a silver Roman relic dating to around 200AD, which had been buried at Cretingham.
Suffolk Coroners Court heard how the ancient ring with the inscription was likely to have belonged to a local leader rather than a Roman.
Mr Cracknell said: ‘This was a real eye opener and when I first found it I thought it was just a signet ring that had fallen off a farmer’s finger.
‘I have found general bits, coins and the odd thimble but nothing like this.
‘It is amazing to think that you are the first person to pick it up since someone wore it hundreds of years ago.
Rings similar to this have been sold at auction for more than £3,000 ($3,831) in the past.
Suffolk farmland regularly yields archaeological discoveries with the unearthing of time pieces from the Roman era.
There is sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest the Romans passed through Ipswich and that there was a scattered settlement taking advantage of the south-facing slope of the valley.