A metal detecting enthusiast unearthed a 14th century gold ring studded with a ruby and an emerald, an inquest heard. Metal finishing plant worker Paul McEvoy, 44, found the medieval finger ring just six inches beneath the soil surface in a field in Thurcroft, Rotherham.
Mr McEvoy, from Dinnington, told the Rotherham hearing: “I thought I had dug up a squash bottle top but it turned out to be a ring.”
He said he had been metal detecting for an hour and until then had only found modern spoons, nails and a buckle. The find, made in July, 2009, was verified by Beverley Nenk from the British Museum.
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