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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 14:20 UK time, Monday, 5 December 2011

A 2,000 year old Roman ring found by a man with a metal detector on Cefn Brithdir in the Darran Valley earlier this year has been returned by the British Museum for display in a valley's museum.

According to an article on the BBC Wales News website, the British Museum has given the ring to the Winding House museum at New Tredegar to be put on permanent display.

Roman ring

The silver Roman ring was found earlier this year (Photos: Winding House museum)

Roman ring

Roman ring

The gemstone is missing from the ring

Speaking about the new exhibit, Emma Wilson, principal museums and heritage officer for Caerphilly, said they were "immensely pleased" to put it on display. "We're a relatively new museum having only been open for three years," she said.

Ms Wilson praised the finder for alerting the authorities to his discovery. "He went through all the correct legal channels, realising it might be treasure trove.

The ring, from the first or second century AD, was initially passed to the National Museum in Cardiff where it was identified it as a typical Roman silver finger ring.

It was then placed in the care of the British Museum, whose officials offered it to the Winding House, a former colliery building, as the relevant local museum.

Read more about this story on the BBC Wales News website, or find out more about the Romans on Wales on BBC Wales History.


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