"Stunning" Roman bracelet on display in Furness

Trade between the Roman and the British locals may be enbodied by a single silver bracelet, dating to the second century, discovered recently by a metal detectorist near Dalton-in-Furness, England. Probably traded by a Roman soldier visiting the town, the "stunning" bracelet is now on display at Barrow's Dock Museum in Furness. (photo)

The silver bracelet includes a separate bezel, decorated with an image of a seated Jupiter, with wreath and full-length drapery. While no Roman buildings have been discovered in the area, the existence of the artifact shows that Romans knew the town was there. "A spokeswoman for the Museum said the Furness bracelet shows the reach of the Roman empire and is likely to have been traded with a local."