Picture: Ashley Wilson (9107562)A special treasure

Roman amulet in Faversham field owned

A plumber from the Isle of Sheppey has struck gold in a field owned by a Russian princess.

Ashley Wilson has been venturing out to fields with his metal detector for six years, but made the find of his life last August when he discovered a Roman amulet from the 2nd century AD.

The golden amulet or discovered by Ashley Wilson. Picture: Ashley Wilson (9107562)A special treasure inquest today was held at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone to hear more about the find.

Assistant coroner Sonia Hayes told Mr Wilson the amulet, known as a Bracteate, dated back to the Roman era and was made from gold.

The amulet bears an “evil eye” in the middle, which is being attacked by a scorpion, a dog, an elephant and a bird.

The golden amulet or discovered by Ashley Wilson. Picture: Ashley Wilson (9107558)She said: “The amulet is generally in good condition barring a slight tear.”

The inquest heard Canterbury Museum is interested in purchasing the amulet, which weighs 1.43grammes, is 18.3mm in diameter and 1.2mm thick.

Mrs Hayes read evidence which said it would have been viewed as a “magic amulet” when it was created.

## ## The golden amulet or discovered by Ashley Wilson. Picture: Ashley Wilson (9107560)Similar finds are on display at the British Museum and the John Hopkins Archaeological Museum in the United States.

A similar design is also on display at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire.

Mr Wilson, from Sheerness, discovered the Bracteate while searching for metal in the parish of Norton, Buckland and Stone.

Provender House in Faversham is home to Russian Princess, Olga Romanoff. Picture: Tony Flashman FM4088446 (9141593)He said: “I originally asked a farmer if I could take my metal detector on to his land to have a look.

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