Thieves swipe medieval bishop’s shiny ring

Police in the northern German city of Bremen have been left baffled by the theft of a famous 12th century "bishop's ring" from the cathedral museum.

Thieves swipe medieval bishop's shiny ring
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The ring, described by police as “of immeasurably high cultural value and inestimable material value” was stolen from a locked glass display case, it was reported on Wednesday.

Its disappearance was noticed on Monday afternoon, investigators said.

The ring is part of a sensational find uncovered beneath the floor of the cathedral in the 1970s, when archeologists dug a number of valuables from inside the graves of several medieval archbishops.

The experts found piles of gold and silver jewellery as well as well-preserved silk robes, all of which was put on display in the museum, alongside a collection dating mainly from the 14th to the 19th century.

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