TWO historic artefacts uncovered in the Vale of Glamorgan have been officially declared as treasure.

A medieval silver brooch pin and a Roman silver finger ring fragment, along with two other items, were declared treasure by Area Coroner for South Wales Central, Patrica Morgan.

The items found in the Vale by Dr Peter Anning were reported to Mark Lodwick and Dr Susie White, of the Portable Antiquities Scheme for Wales (PAS Cymru), who first identified them as being possible treasure finds.

Dr Anning discovered two treasures in the Vale and one in Cardiff, he said: “I’m not quite sure how I ended up with some many treasure cases in such a short period.

“I am glad that the finds are being acquired by Amgugedda Cymru, Museum Wales and Cowbridge Museum.

 “I hope that both the public and museums will benefit from them being in their respective collections.”

Dr Anning discovered the Roman silver finger-ring fragment in April 2020, while metal-detecting on arable land in the St Nicholas and Bonvilston area. The central oval bezel on the ring is inscribed with a stylised palm branch design, dating it to the 2nd or 3rd century AD.

He found the medieval silver brooch pin on February 12, 2022, while metal detecting on a ploughed field in Llantwit Major.

The plain pin was once attached to an annual silver brooch and dates to the 13th or 14th century.

David Howell, engagement officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales (PAS Cymru) said: “For 25 years, the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales has served to safeguard knowledge and information about the archaeology of Wales.

“During that time, PAS Cymru has recorded over 90,000 artefacts, building links with the metal-detecting community, and finders in general, to ensure that information about Welsh archaeology and history can be recorded and shared with the nation.”

Cowbridge & District Museum has expressed an interest in acquiring both the finger ring and brooch pin after they have been independently valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

The two other treasures, a Late Bronze Hoard and a second Roman silver finger-ring fragment were found in Cardiff and Powys.