This silver ring with a gold intaglio was discovered at Brant Broughton.
The intaglio shows the Roman god Vulcan, the god of fire, smithing and manufacture.
He is shown standing, wearing a tunic across one shoulder, with a long pair of tongs in his left hand and a hammer in his right, which he holds over an anvil.
This image is recognised on a growing number of ring intaglios in Lincolnshire, many of which appear to have been made in the same workshop, such is the consistency of their imagery.
It is possible that these rings represented good fortune for metalworkers, and were worn as apotropaic symbols, warding off accidents.
Finds from shrine sites, however, also suggest that they were placed in the ground as offerings, possibly even at places where metal ores were mined.
The deposition of such a ring might invoke Vulcan to ensure that the source of the ore continued to produce its valuable product.
Courtesy of Lincolnshire County Council, The Collection