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TREASURE FOUND IN PEMBROKESHIRE

Five treasure finds were declared treasure today, Friday 17th June, by Mr Paul Bennett, Acting Senior Coroner for Pembrokeshire.

The finds include three finger rings, one brooch and a thimble of medieval and post-medieval dates. All items were discovered by metal-detectorists.

 

A thirteenth- or early fourteenth-century silver annular brooch (Treasure Case 21.20) was found by Lee Evans while metal-detecting on land under pasture in Cilgerran Community, Pembrokeshire on Sunday 16th May 2021. The frame of the brooch is decorated with herringbone and transverse groove patterns, inlaid with niello - a black enamel-like material providing a colour contrast with the background silver of the brooch.

 

Dr Mark Redknap, Deputy Head of Archaeology Collections and Research, Amgueddfa Cymru said:-

‘Thanks to the introduction of the Treasure Act 1996 medieval jewellery such as this silver annular brooch from Cilgerran Community are being increasingly reported from Wales. The prompt reporting of the Cilgerran brooch by the finder has added fresh evidence for personal identity expressed through this niello-decorated class of fashionable brooch circulating in medieval Wales – a form of cultural evidence reliant on archaeological artefacts and knowing where they are being discovered.’

 

Scolton Manor Museum, near Haverfordwest, has expressed an interest in acquiring the brooch for its collection, following an independent valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

 

A medieval silver finger ring (Treasure Case 20.03) was found by Vaughan Thomas while metal-detecting in a field in St David’s and the Cathedral Close Community, Pembrokeshire, on 5th October 2018. The ring has a broad flattened band and a bezel in the form of a stylised flower with engraved design. The ring is likely to date from the thirteenth- to sixteenth centuries.

Sian Iles, Curator Medieval and Later Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru said: -

 

‘The reporting of medieval jewellery such as this decorated silver finger ring through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act 1996, contributes greatly to our understanding of different fashions and expressions of personal identity in Medieval Wales’.

 

Scolton Manor Museum has expressed an interest in acquiring the ring, following an independent valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

 

Also declared treasure were: -

  • A seventeenth-century decorated silver thimble fragment (Treasure Case 20.07) and a post-medieval gold and enamel ‘fede’ ring (Treasure Case 20.11) found by Jake Webster on 4th and 20th June 2020 respectively, whilst metal detecting in Wiston Community, Pembrokeshire.
  • A medieval silver ‘stirrup’ ring fragment (Treasure Case 20.15) found by Jake Webster on 6th November 2020 whilst metal detecting in Llawhaden Community, Pembrokeshire. The ring is of twelfth- to thirteenth- century date.

Narberth Museum is interested in acquiring these treasure finds for its collection, following their independent valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

 

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