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Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Extraordinary discovery of golden artifacts linked to relative of Alexander the Great

Several, very valuable and beautifully preserved golden artifacts were discovered with the help of metal detectors at the village of Sveshatari, Bulgaria, 400 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.

The gold artifacts were discovered  near the largest Thracian thomb, Sveshatari 

The find was made near Omurtag mount where the largest of 150 Thracian thombs of the Getae tribe was found in 1982.  This tribe was associated with ancient Greeks.

The Sveshatari tomb is considered significant and included in the World Heritage List of U.N. education and culture agency, UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor.

View of Sveshatari thomb inside

The find consists of 264 unique gold adornments and dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with, among others, all gold items consisting of a tiara decorated with animal motifs, a horse head piece,  four spiral gold bracelets, a ring, several female figurines, believed to have decorated clothing, buttons and beads.

Unearthed: A splendidly crafted golden tiara with animal motif

Four spiral bracelets in process of uncovering

Several golden decorative brooches were found

Expert in Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences explains that the treasure was likely wrapped in a gold-woven cloth because several gold threads were discovered nearby.

Golden horse figurine and clothing fittings

The items are believed to have been apart of a ritual burial, likely that of the Gath ruler Kotela, one of the father-in-laws of Philip II of Macedon - Alexander the Great's father.
A large number of artefacts were discovered in and around Bulgaria's Thracian tombs, over the years, which provides the most of the insight on their life and culture, as they had no known written language and left no enduring records.

The precious find is now on display at the Archeology Museum in the capital Sofia.



 
                       

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