Bronze ring in an orchard

DiggingSicilia

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I was detecting in an olive/ almond orchard
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and found
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Can't really make out the inscription though. The letters look Greek. And possibly backwards
 

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Super cool, that looks very old. What part of the country ?
 

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Since we are not protecting 'minty luster' like on coins, try a vibratory method with mild abrasive and jeweler's rouge. I use my cartridge case cleaner ( for ammo reloading) which looks like:


Because it is what I have. You can put corn cob media in the unit then put your item in small jar, plastic or glass ( vitamin/aspirin size, anything really that allows it to move around well) with the rouge and perhaps walnut media. Tape the lid.

This keeps your shaker clean and saves you on materials.

If that doesn't separate everything off that is not your item, then you might want to up the hardness step by step until you get results.
 

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DiggingSicilia

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Since we are not protecting 'minty luster' like on coins, try a vibratory method with mild abrasive and jeweler's rouge. I use my cartridge case cleaner ( for ammo reloading) which looks like:


Because it is what I have. You can put corn cob media in the unit then put your item in small jar, plastic or glass ( vitamin/aspirin size, anything really that allows it to move around well) with the rouge and perhaps walnut media. Tape the lid.

This keeps your shaker clean and saves you on materials.

If that doesn't separate everything off that is not your item, then you might want to up the hardness step by step until you get results.
I'm going to forego cleaning, I dropped it on my marble countertop on accident and the crust on the top came off. Now only a couple letters are visible.
 

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DiggingSicilia

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Looks like a Roman Period ring to me.
I'm thinking Byzantine, Greek was the language used by the empire. If you look at rings that belonging to the Romans, most have figures not a lot of lettering whereas rings from the Byzantine Empire have long inscriptions in Greek. This was the ring belonging to John, Imperial Spatharios.
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I'm thinking Byzantine, Greek was the language used by the empire. If you look at rings that belonging to the Romans, most have figures not a lot of lettering whereas rings from the Byzantine Empire have long inscriptions in Greek. This was the ring belonging to John, Imperial Spatharios.
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Makes sense, if it is Greek and not something else.
 

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