Viking treasure goes on show for the first time
The Viking ring discovered in King’s Newnham [Newnham Regis] and declared treasure.
A RARE Viking ring discovered on the outskirts of Rugby is to go on display to the public for the first time.
Rugby Museum‘s first official piece of treasure was found in King’s Newnham and dates back to the 9th or 10th century.
It is among a rare discovery of artefacts from that era in Warwickshire and has led experts to suggest the local area had links with Viking traders.
The ring will take centre stage during the Relics and Romans day on Saturday, July 13.
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.
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. The event – part of the National Festival of Archaeology – runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm.
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.”