Roman Intaglio




Julie Shoemark

Signet rings such as this were thought to have been used to impress wax seals like the example found in our #FindsFriday seal box. This example comprises an oval banded agate intaglio set in an iron finger-ring. The design shows two grazing cattle, reflecting the Roman ideal of the countryside as a place of peace and prosperity. The residents of Scotch Corner certainly seem to have enjoyed some of the finer things in life as we discovered from the excavations for the #A1upgrade. 


To find out more about this artefact, as well as all the other wonderful objects we found at Scotch Corner you can read our monograph: Contact, Concord and Conquest: Britons and Romans at Scotch Corner. 

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