Laneshaw Bridge archaeologist unearths medieval ring

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AN ARCHAEOLOGY enthusiast from Laneshaw Bridge has made the discovery of a lifetime.

Craig Scott was on a rally with Lune Valley Metal Detection Club when he unearthed a medieval ring from a field near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The 14th Century silver ring is engraved with the letters “IhESVS”, ancient lombardic script for the name Jesus.

Mr Scott, of Alma Road, said religious rings were popular in the medieval period when invoking the name of Jesus was thought to protect the wearer from plagues and sudden death.

The ring is thought to have been worn by a wealthy landowner to show his devotion to God.

Mr Scott said: “When I got it out of the ground it was covered in soil and because of its shape I thought it was just a knut. When I brushed off the soil I started shaking at bit, I knew it was something special.”

The ring, which is very fragile and crumbling in places, was sent to the British Museum and was registered under the Treasure Act.

It is now going to be restored before it goes on display to the public.