Experts stumped by Roman earring

The design on a gold earring disc, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast in Keswick, England, has experts stumped. The disc dates to the Roman era and "features a scorpion, phallus, snake and crab." (photo)

The British Museum will determine the value of the artifact, which the Norwich Castle Museum hopes to add to its collection. "This find almost certainly represents an accidental loss and it is easy to imagine the annoyance of the wealthy Roman woman who owned it when she realised it was missing," said Erica Darch, from Norfolk Historic Environment Services and the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).