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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…

Farmer receives €773,000 for discovery of bronze horse head which rewrote history

Front view of the bronze horse head on display

A search of a farmer's land in Lahnau, Germany became very interesting when lots of bronze fragments were uncovered, the trail of buried fragments lead to a 36-foot well in which a bronze horse head, life-sized, weighing 28 pounds, covered with gold and adorned with golden leaves were found. 
The year 9 A.D marked the event of an ambush from German warriors on three legions of Roman soldiers led by general Publius Quinctilius Varus. The Germans destroyed their enemies, the surviving Romans retreated and set up a northern perimeter along the Rhine River. It was believed that prior to this event, Germans and Romans did not live alongside each other and did not trade either. However, along with the bronze horse head, a complete Roman settlement, dating back to 4 B.C, covering approximately 20 acres with no military buildings and no signs of battle, shows that the Romans were living next to and traded peacefully with Germans for years, right up until the Teutoburg defeat. 
It is believed that after the site was abandoned, statues which stood in the settlement may likely have been smashed and recycled for their metal content as fragments of bronze were found scattered across the settlement. 

Side view of the horse head

Metal was very precious in those days, therefore it is assumed that the horse head did not end up in the well by accident but may have been thrown into the well as part of a ritual ceremony and the statue's head was used to cover the sacrificial offering. The bronze horse head is believed to have been apart of a set of 4 life-sized statues, complete with rider, as there were 4 statue pedestals for life-size statues of riders on horses, also, part of a bronze sandal was found nearby. The farmer on whose land the findings were made received €773,000 and the recovered items are now on display at the museum.               

 
                       

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