Archaeologists Find Unusual Murder Weapon: a Ring
Would have been used to hold poison, says dig leader
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
The ring.   (Kavarna Municipality)

(Newser) – Archaeologists have uncovered a cache of jewelry from the ruins of Bulgaria's Cape Kaliakra. But one of the more than 30 pieces found there over the last two years is getting particular attention—a ring that may have doubled as a murder weapon. Discovery News reports the centuries-old bronze ring featured a hollow cavity that may have been used to hold poison.

As dig leader Bonnie Petrunova explains, the ring likely would have adorned the wearer's pinkie finger, and would have allowed poison to have inconspicuously been poured into an enemy's drink via a hole that "was made in such a way so as to be covered by a finger." Whose enemies? According to Petrunova, those of Dobrotitsa, a noble who oversaw the area in the latter half of the 1300s, reports LiveScience. "This explains many of the unexplained deaths among nobles and aristocrats close to Dobrotitsa," she says. Petrunova believes the ring was crafted in Italy or Spain.

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Aug 23, 2013 6:09 PM CDT
"With THIS ring I thee wed", a few years later another gift; with THIS ring I become single again...
Aug 23, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
About every other episode of, "Mission Impossible" involved telling some unsuspecting guy to look out a window and then you turned your needle ring around and poked him in the back of the neck and he passed out right there. Then you kidnapped him and put him in some ruse to get a secret out of him.
Aug 23, 2013 9:22 AM CDT
That there's a coke ring.