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Viking Treasure Found On Outskirts Of Rugby Goes On Display To Public

Author: Matthew Deaves Published: 3rd July 2013 12:40

Viking Treasure, Rugby

Viking Treasure Found On Outskirts Of Rugby Goes On Display To Public

A rare Viking ring discovered on the outskirts of Rugby goes on display to the public for the first time later this month to celebrate the National Festival of Archaeology.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum stages the free Relics and Romans day on Saturday, 13 July. Members of Rugby Archaeology Society (RAS) will treat visitors to guided tours of the museum's Tripontium exhibition, while Geminus, the Roman craftsman and part-time guard, will give craft demonstrations and talk about living and working in the turbulent times of 4th Century Britain.

But taking centre stage on the day will be the museum's first piece of official treasure - a Viking ring which was discovered in the village of King's Newnham.
The ring dates back to the 9th or 10th century, and was declared treasure after experts discovered it contained silver. Thering proved a rare discovery of Viking artefacts in Warwickshire, and has led experts to suggest the local area had links with Viking traders.

Visitors can also take along archaeological finds of their own to the museum on the day, where Dr Graham Morgan, of RAS, will offer expert advice.

Angie Irvine, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum's collections officer, said:
"Relics and Romans promises to offer a fascinating glimpse into the past and a fitting celebration of the National Festival of Archaeology.

"Visitors can also see the museum's first piece of official treasure, a rare Viking ring discovered near Rugby, and bring along archaeological finds of their own for expert analysis."

Romans and Relics runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. All activities run on a drop-in basis. For more details, visit http://www.ragm.org.uk/ or call Rugby Visitor Centre on 01788 533201.



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