Roman intaglio re-used by medieval jeweler

Metal detectorist Philip Jackson made a rare and interesting find recently when his equipment pinpointed a silver pendant in a South Derbyshire field constructed around a Roman intaglio (a carved stone). (photo)

The Roman gem was made into a necklace by a jeweler in the 13th or 14th century, and it may have been created to protect the wearer from disease or ill-fortune. The carving shows a nude figure holding a drinking vessel and some ears of corn.