Viking gold ring found in Yorkshire farm field

A GOLD ring once worn by a Viking was unearthed by a metal detector in a farmer's field in Yorkshire, a treasure trove inquest in Wakefield heard yesterday.

Dating back around 1,000 years, the large gold ring was found last April on pasture land in the Aberford area, east of Leeds.

The finger ring, which is 90 per cent gold, was found by a man scouring the land with a metal detector with the permission of the landowner.

After being handed to the West Yorkshire Archaeological Advisory Service the ring was sent to the British Museum to be identified.

Leeds Museum has expressed interest in acquiring it and it is expected both the finder and landowner will share the sale proceeds.

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