RESEARCHERS FROM NEWCASTLE AND OXFORD UNIVERSITIES HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME CATALOGUED IN DETAIL EACH OF THE 54 BRANCASTER-TYPE RINGS KNOWN TO EXIST IN THE UK TODAY AND SAY THAT THEY CAN BE DATED WITH CONFIDENCE DUE TO THEIR DESIGN AND THE MATERIAL THEY’RE MADE FROM.
Named after the Roman Fort and Norfolk village where the first example was discovered in the mid-19th century, a Brancaster ring is a type of signet ring with a characteristic square or rectangular bezel, inscribed with characters or text.
Most of the 54 rings are made from silver, and a small number from gold. This contrasts with the early Roman period when the majority of rings tended to be made from bronze. They are also different to early Anglo Saxon rings, which were much plainer and rarer.
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