A GOLD Roman finger ring dating back to the third century AD has been unearthed in farmland near Chichester.
Peter Page, from Liss, made the exciting discovery on November 27.
An inquest at Chichester Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Page, who had asked permission from the land owner, made the find at about 2pm, using a metal detector.
The item of precious jewellery was buried beneath 4in to 5in of soil and is just over an inch long.
The distorted Roman polygonal gold finger ring is formed of a circular hoop with nine irregular lozenges.
Assistant coroner Michael Kendall recorded a verdict that the discovery does qualify as treasure, due to the age of the item and the fact the Roman ring is made substantially of gold.
A spokesperson for Chichester District Council said: ‘The Novium has expressed an interest in this ring as a possible future acquisition.’