Furness Abbey, one of the most powerful and richest Cistercian abbeys" in England, was the home of well-fed, well-heeled monks and abbots. Now it is the site of several rare archaeological finds including a silver-gilt crozier and a jewelled ring in remarkable condition. (photo)
The discoveries were made during efforts to stabilize the Abbey's foundations. The cozier and ring, crafted to fit a rather "chubby" hand, are believed to have belonged to one of the abbots. The find is also remarkable because such treasures were often looted after the Tudor dissolution of the abbeys.