Roman Ring Is to Go on Display in Wales

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A ROMAN ring found by an amateur archaeologist near Caerphilly is to go on display in a local museum after being assessed by the British Museum. The silver ring was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) at the National Museum Wales earlier this year after being found on Cefn Brithdir, in the Darran Valley.

It was then passed to the British Museum where it was valued before being returned.

The ring, which is about 2,000 years old, will now be on permanent display at the Winding House Museum in New Tredegar.

Emma Wilson, principal museums and heritage officer for Caerphilly, said she was pleased to have been given the opportunity to show the ring to the public.

"We're a relatively new museum having only been open for three years," she said.

"We've got Roman items from Gelligaer on loan to us from the National Museum of Wales, but this is the first such find of our own."

She also praised the finder for his knowledge of the PAS - a project that encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

"He went through all the correct legal channels, realising it might be treasure trove," she added. …