Ancient treasure returns to Devon
30 March 2010
RAMM has added a selection of locally found treasure to its rich collection of archaeology from Exeter and Devon.
The finds includes an ancient Bronze Age axe, a Tudor woman’s dress pin, a solid silver spoon marked with the owner’s initials and two medieval silver gilt decorated finger rings.
The objects were all reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme which records archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales. They were identified and recorded by the scheme’s Devon archaeologist who is based at RAMM, then sent to the scheme’s head quarters in the British Museum for valuation. The objects joining RAMM’s collections have all been officially declared ‘treasure’.
A 500 year old silver-gilt dress pin-head, exquisitely made with applied filigree decoration, was found by Michael Osbourne. A 3,400 year old Bronze Age axe was found in two pieces along with a casting jet (a copper alloy plug left from the moulding process) by Graeme Smith. A 350 year old silver spoon marked with the owner’s initials was found by Stuart Hunt and the two beautiful ornamental silver-gilt finger rings were found by Dennis Hewings and Julia Spruntulis.
The objects will be on public display at a Finds Day in the Exeter Guildhall on Saturday 10 April from 10am to 4pm when people can have their finds identified by experts.
Image: A beautiful ornamental silver-gilt finger ring, found by Julia Spruntulis. It is between 600 to 700 hundred years old. Mrs Spruntulis and the landowner very generously donated the ring to the Museum.