Medieval Ring Declared Treasure Trove

Isle of Wight County Press: A medieval silver ring found on the Isle of Wight has been officially declared a "treasure trove," which allows the Isle of Wight Council to purchase it for display on the island. Dave Cole, a truck driver with a metal-detecting hobby, discovered the ring recently.

Frank Basford, an archaeological officer for the Isle of Wight Council, says that the ring, faceted to form 16 concave panels each containing a single letter of the inscription "Ave Maria Gracia V" -- Hail Mary (full of) Grace -- likely dates to the 13th or 14th century.

John Matthews, the coroner who recorded the verdict on the find, praised the honesty of metal-detecting enthusiasts who help to enhance knowledge about the history of the Isle of Wight. "Thanks should go to metal detecting enthusiasts who have attracted the support of the archaeological unit."