Penannular ring, East Yorkshire, c.1150-750BC

This is a ring from Thwing in East Yorkshire. It is about 2500 years old. Archaeologists call it a penannular ring. It may have been used as an ear-ring, a nose-ring or as a hair ornament.

If you look closely you can see two types of gold on it. This shows how much skill and effort went into decorating items, even as long ago as this. Somebody must have been quite annoyed when they lost it.

This gold penannular ring from East Yorkshire was discovered by a metal detector and declared Treasure in 2003.

The ring appears to be made from striped yellow and pale gold. Analysis has revealed that this gold was applied over a base metal core with great skill. This dates from the late Bronze Age, 1150-750 BC. It is 1.8cm wide.

The purchase of this by Hull Museums was made possible with contributions from the National Art Collections Fund in 2003.