A sapphire ring found in a Yorkshire field by a metal detecting enthusiast may have been owned by royalty in the 5th and 6th centuries, experts said today. Archaeologists say that nothing like the Escrick Ring from that period has ever been found in the UK before. Experts suggested the ring was made in Europe, possibly France, and that it would have belonged to a king, leader or consort - not a bishop which was a previous theory.
Metal detector enthusiast Michael Greenhorn found the ring in a field near the village of Escrick, south of York. It has now been suggested that it dates to the 5th century and belonged to royalty.