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Offbeat Amateur treasure hunter, 45, unearths a 1,800-year-old Roman signet ring engraved with the goddess of Victory in a field in Somerset

13:41  03 august  2018
13:41  03 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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An amateur treasure hunter used a metal detector to unearth a 1 , 800 - year - old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset . Pest control officer Jason Massey, 45 , discovered the rare piece of jewellery, which features an engraving of the Roman goddess of Victory , in a field near Crewkerne.

Amateur treasure hunter , 45 , unearths a 1 , 800 - year - old Roman signet ring engraved with the goddess of Victory in a field in Somerset Jason Massey, 45, found

An amateur metal detectorist has unearthed a 1,800-year-old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset © BBC An amateur metal detectorist has unearthed a 1,800-year-old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset An amateur treasure hunter used a metal detector to unearth a 1,800-year-old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset.

Pest control officer Jason Massey, 45, discovered the rare piece of jewellery, which features an engraving of the Roman goddess of Victory, in a field near Crewkerne.

It is believed to have belonged to a 'high status' figure, potentially making it one of the most significant archaeological finds in Somerset's history.

The current value of the ancient piece of jewellery is still being determined.

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Daily Mail - 02 Aug 2018 Amateur treasure hunter , 45 , unearths a 1 , 800 - year - old Roman signet ring engraved with the goddess of Victory in a field in Somerset . Jason Massey, 45, found the rare piece of jewellery in a field near Crewkerne; It is believed to have belonged to a.

An amateur treasure hunter used a metal detector to unearth a 1 , 800 - year - old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset . Daily Mail - 02 Aug 2018 Amateur treasure hunter , 45 , unearths a 1 , 800 - year - old Roman signet ring engraved with the goddess of Victory in a field in Somerset .

The ring is now in the hands of experts at the British Museum in London.

a man that is standing in the grass © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited a close up of a person: It is believed to have belonged to a 'high status' figure, potentially making it one of the most significant archaeological finds in Somerset's history © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It is believed to have belonged to a 'high status' figure, potentially making it one of the most significant archaeological finds in Somerset's history It is believed to date from 200 to 300 AD.

Mr Massey, who served in the British armed forces from 1989 to 1992, made the find at a site believed to have once been a high-status Roman villa as part of a charitable dig with the 'Detecting for Veterans' group.

'The Somerset Archaeological team think we have found a very high status villa complex, but more investigative work is needed,' he told MailOnline.

Mr Massey and the landowner will share 50 per cent of any profits made from the ring once British Museum researchers had determined its value.

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An amateur treasure hunter used a metal detector to unearth a 1 , 800 - year - old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset . Pest control officer Jason Massey, 45 , discovered the rare piece of jewellery, which features an engraving of the Roman goddess of Victory , in a field near Crewkerne.

© BBC An amateur metal detectorist has unearthed a 1 , 800 - year - old gold Roman signet ring in Somerset An amateur treasure hunter used a Pest control officer Jason Massey, 45 , discovered the rare piece of jewellery, which features an engraving of the Roman goddess of Victory , in a field

'We have no idea how much [the ring] is worth – there is nothing like it in the UK,' he said.

Detecting for Veterans unearthed 60 other Roman coins on Sunday as part of ongoing excavations at the Crewkerne site, which is south west of Yeovil.

Bronze and silver coins are more common than their gold counterparts, which were typically owned by Romans of rich and powerful stature.

Ciorstaidh Hayward-Trevarthen, finds liaison officer for South West Heritage Trust, told BBC News: 'There are a couple of gold rings of that sort of date from Somerset but they're not common.

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