Ring found in field "may be royal"

A sapphire ring found in a field south of York by a metal detecting enthusiast is probably much older than originally thought and may have been owned by royalty, according to group of experts convened to examine the object.

Archaeologists say the Escrick Ring is likely to be from the 5th or 6th century, and nothing like it from that period has ever been found in the UK before.

The expert group, convened by the Yorkshire Museum in York, believes the ring could have royal connections.

What this workshop has shown is that this sapphire ring is even more special than we had previously thought.

Nothing like it has been found in this country from the 5th or 6th century.

– Natalie McCaul, Curator of archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum

The ring was found by metal detectorist Michael Greenhorn, from York and District Metal Detecting Club, in 2009 as he searched a field near the village of Escrick.