1,000-year-old Viking ring on display at Saffron Walden Museum

PUBLISHED: 11:48 13 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:48 13 January 2016

Carolyn Wingfield, of Saffron Walden Museum,  with the Viking ring that was found in the Thaxted area

Carolyn Wingfield, of Saffron Walden Museum, with the Viking ring that was found in the Thaxted area

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An 1,000-year-old Viking ring which was found by a metal detectorist in the Thaxted area is now on display at the Saffron Walden Museum.

The man’s ring, which was found and reported under the Treasure Act in 2013, is now available to view and will also be featured as the ‘Object of the Month’ on the museum’s website.

The Saffron Walden Museum Society were able to purchase the ring following grants from the Arts Council England/Victoria, Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Headley Trust.

The find adds weight to suggest Viking activity in north west Essex between the 10th and 12th centuries and joins a number of other Viking-period objects that are already on display at the museum.

Carolyn Wingfield, museum curator, said: “It’s a great addition to our collection. There is very little information in historical sources about Vikings in north-west Essex, but thanks to detectorists reporting their finds, we are now gradually building a picture of a Viking presence in this area.”

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