Gold Ring Provides Link Between British and New World

A gold ring, discovered by in 1998 by archaeologist David S. Phelps, may provide evidence of the contact between British explorers and Native Americans in the late 16th century.

Phelps found the ring while on a dig help determine the fate of the first English colony, the failed Roanoke. The firing mechanism of a flintlock also found at the site was dated to after 1570. The gold ring depicted a prancing lion and is believed to have been a symbol of authority.