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The Ring of Doom

Postby Ty N. » 23 Aug 2013 18:49

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Archaeologists have discovered a ring with an inconspicuous cavity that they believe may have been used to hide poison for political murders in medieval Bulgaria.

The bronze ring, which is more than 600 years old, was found during excavations at the ruins of Cape Kailakra, where aristocrats of the Dobrudja region lived during the 14th century.

Local officials said more than 30 other pieces of jewelry have been found at the site — including gold ornaments, gold rings and pearl earrings — but none like the ring most recently uncovered.

It was exquisitely crafted and deliberately hollowed out, and may have been imported from Italy or Spain, said the dig leader Bonnie Petrunova, deputy director of Bulgaria's National Archaeology Museum.

Petrunova believes the ring would have been worn on the pinkie finger of a man's right hand. The hole would have allowed its wearer to sneakily pour poison into a glass with the flick of his finger, the archaeologist said in a statement from Bulgaira's Kavarna municipality.

Petrunova thinks the ring could be linked to Dobrotitsa, a noble who ruled the region in second half of the 14th century.

"This explains many of the unexplained deaths among nobles and aristocrats close to Dobrotitsa," local officials in Kavarna said.
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Re: The Ring of Doom

Postby Gil-Galadh » 25 Aug 2013 16:10

A friend archaeologist thinks that this being a poison ring is quite a stretch. Also take archaeological news from Bulgaria with a grain of salt. We're plagued in recent years by archaeologists making bombastic and absurd claims in a strange mix of nationalism and an attempt to get more international attention. I'm going to go cry in a corner now, because my country is doing stupid again :(
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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 25 Aug 2013 17:32

Well... It would be interesting to know the exact dimensions of that tiny hole, and also the amount of the strongest poison - historically - available at that time (600+ years ago) which could be inserted in the hole. Is it enough to kill an adult person with a given level of certainty? Or not?
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Re: The Ring of Doom

Postby Dan Howard » 06 Sep 2013 22:52

Are there any genuine examples of a medieval poison ring? Are they even mentioned in any of the sources? What other purpose could that hole serve?
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Re: The Ring of Doom

Postby Gil-Galadh » 07 Sep 2013 12:36

It could serve as the base for attaching something - like a precious stone. I don't know if that would work or if it was done...
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Re: The Ring of Doom

Postby Dan Howard » 07 Sep 2013 14:04

The most likely purpose I've heard is that it is a small reliquary for a relic such as a splinter of the true cross or a bone chip from a saint's skeleton.
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