A metal detectorist has made the find of the century and possibly of all time, at a site near Crewkerne. Jason Massey who runs a group called Detecting for Veterans, unearthed the rare 24 carat gold Roman ring, while metal detecting at an undisclosed site between Crewkerne and Ilminster at the weekend. According to Jason, who we were in communication with earlier today, he has met with the Somerset Archaeological team and head of Somerset Museum, who commented that: “They had never seen anything like the ring at all in the country.”
The Roman ring which is thought to date to approximately 200 – 300 AD is believed to be of national importance by experts who have examined it. Two theories have been put forward, that it was either owned by a very rich villa owner or it belonged to a very high ranking Roman Army commander who lived in the villa complex and that the ring originally came from Rome or from Africa.
The recent visit to the site by the group for Armed Forces Veterans who metal detect, was a revisit dig and other Roman finds this time around include a hoard of Roman bronzes, a denarius (silver Roman coin AD 238 -244) and a green stone which may be jade. The incredible find is an extremely important part of the archaeological history of Somerset and of Britain during the Roman occupation.