Cheshire treasure hunter finds rare Roman pendant


Blackleaf
#1
An amateur treasure hunter has found a rare 2,000-year-old Roman pendant in a field in a Cheshire village.

Luke Sansom was searching with a metal detector in Farndon, near Chester and the Welsh border, when he stumbled across the silver piece.

Made with carnelian gemstone, it features a fallen soldier or gladiator holding a shield towards what appears to be a large cat or panther.

Cheshire treasure hunter finds rare Roman pendant


BBC News
30 September 2016


The pendant was found half a spade's length deep in a field

An amateur treasure hunter has found a rare 2,000-year-old Roman pendant in a field in a Cheshire village.

Luke Sansom was searching with a metal detector in Farndon, near Chester and the Welsh border, when he stumbled across the silver piece.

Made with carnelian gemstone, it features a fallen soldier or gladiator holding a shield towards what appears to be a large cat or panther.

Cheshire assistant coroner Dr Janet Napier declared the find to be treasure at an inquest at Warrington Town Hall.

The pendant will now be valued by the British Museum.


Mr Sansom has been metal detecting for 10 years but this is his best discovery


The Grosvenor Museum in Chester has expressed an interest in buying it and Mr Sansom, of Saltney near Chester, would stand to receive half the money, with the rest going to the owner of the field.

Elizabeth Montgomery, the museum's collections officer, said: "I am very excited by this.

"It is a rare find, especially with the image of the soldier fighting with the large cat or panther.

"The gemstone certainly dates back to the Roman era around the first century BC but the pendant is a bit older.

"It is late Roman or early Anglo-Saxon and would have belonged to someone wealthy.

"Chester had a big Roman military garrison but this was found outside the city walls."

Cheshire treasure hunter finds rare Roman pendant - BBC News
 
Curious Cdn
#2
The pendant was found half a spade's length deep in a field

That is 10 centimetres deep, if you want to be pendantic about it.
 
Blackleaf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

The pendant was found half a spade's length deep in a field

That is 10 centimetres deep, if you want to be pendantic about it.

Welcome to Britain where we use human, everyday, easy-to-understand Imperial measures rather than inhuman, alien Metric measures.

Britain - Half a spade's length
Napoleonic Canada - 10 centimetres
 
Curious Cdn
#4
... right over his ginger head ...
 
Blackleaf
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

... right over his ginger head ...

I'm around 5 feet eight inches tall, not 1 metre 73 centimetres tall.
 
Danbones
#6
I prefer Cubits
and more recently, cubytes

what I really need to know is: what was the depths in fractions of a block chain?
 
Blackleaf
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

I prefer Cubits
and more recently, cubytes

The Ancient Egyptians used cubits.

I think one cubit is approximately the length from your elbow to the tip of your middle finger. Approximately 18 inches (1 foot six inches).
 
Danbones
#8
That's why I have invented the cubyte
it's an indisputable 8 bits long
no arguing

we also have cuballs for circular measurements
works great too:
"The pendant was one cueball big"
 
Blackleaf
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

That's why I have invented the cubyte
it's an indisputable 8 bits long
no arguing

we also have cuballs for circular measurements
works great too:
"The pendant was one cueball big"

I've invented the cubite - when a child is bitten by a baby fox thanks to Labour's ban on foxhunting.
 
Ludlow
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

The pendant was found half a spade's length deep in a field

That is 10 centimetres deep, if you want to be pendantic about it.

he,,he,,hehe,,,HEEEEEEHAAAWWWWWWWHEEEEEHAAWWWWWW!
 
Danbones
#11
A cubite 'round here refers to bear inflicted wounds
and yes, spring hunting bans have caused somewhat of an uptick in cubites

Quote:

he,,he,,hehe,,,HEEEEEEHAAAWWWWWWWHEEEEEHAAWWWWWW!

well at least it isn't mad cow...
 
Curious Cdn
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

he,,he,,hehe,,,HEEEEEEHAAAWWWWWWWHEEEEEHAAWWWWWW!

Careful, Yank. You'll kill off what is left of your cortex.
 
Ludlow
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I'm around 5 feet eight inches tall, not 1 metre 73 centimetres tall.

Brits are short. They drive tiny little cars that go beep beep beep.. They wear nasty little shoes on their nasty little feets ?
 
Danbones
#14
Cubats:
the amount of flying rodent poop containable in the average space normally occupied by the frontal lobe
some times accessed by a round pre drilled cubbyhole
which we may express the measurement of in cubes...
 
Ludlow
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Careful, Yank. You'll kill off what is left of your cortex.

hahaha,,he,,hehe,,,,he,,,HEEEEHAAWWWWW HEEEEHAAWWWWWW!
 
Blackleaf
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Brits are short.

I don't know if we're short - we're northern Europeans, after all - but we're not quite as round and plump as the Americans.

Quote:

They drive tiny little cars that go beep beep beep..




Quote:

They wear nasty little shoes on their nasty little feets ?

I generally tend to walk the streets barefooted.
 
Danbones
#17
Thank god I have some size 12 welsh in the family tree
...and my hat size is Irish...

unlike the guy who asked the tooth fairy for a little head...
I understand he was cuballed
 
Curious Cdn
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I don't know if we're short - we're northern Europeans, after all - but we're not quite as round and plump as the Americans.








I generally tend to walk the streets barefooted.

Well, that goes along with your Hobbit stature (I'm 193 centimetres)
 
Danbones
#19
you were sent to meet 'er?
or is that scent-O- meter?
 
Blackleaf
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

you were sent to meet 'er?

No. I'm meeting your mother.
 
Danbones
#21
better bring that spade...
shes about 200 stinkometers down
 
Blackleaf
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Well, that goes along with your Hobbit stature (I'm 193 centimetres)

Hobbits are between two and four feet high. I'm taller than a Hobbit.
 
Curious Cdn
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Hobbits are between two and four feet high. I'm taller than a Hobbit.

Don't have to pick you up to say "hello"?
 
Danbones
#24
funny heels didn't catch on with the hobbits
open toed sandles I can understand...
It would be tricky to shave their widdle feet..er centopads
 
Ludlow
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

I don't know if we're short - we're northern Europeans, after all - but we're not quite as round and plump as the Americans.








I generally tend to walk the streets barefooted.

I dunno I'm 5'10 and go about 175 on my last weigh in. Latino women tend to be lard ayces here in the US but the rest of us are fairly normal weight except fot the Brits who live here they're short and slobbish folks.
 
Danbones
#26
damned immigrants
they have displaced all the rabbits in the dens fens and glens
 
Blackleaf
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Latino women tend to be lard ayces here in the US but the rest of us are fairly normal weight

That's just not true at all.