This is the 700-year old bronze ring unearthed in Bulgaria that archaeologists suspect was used for covert political murders using some form of liquid poison inside.
Found at the site of a former medieval fortress in Cape Kaliakra, not far from the Black Sea coastal town of Kavarna in northeast Bulgaria, the finely crafted ring was probably worn by a male on the little finger of the right hand.
“It’s a unique ring,” [archaeologist Bonnie] Petrunova said. “I have no doubts that the hole is there on purpose and the ring was worn on the right hand, because the hole was made in such a way so as to be covered by a finger, thus the poison could be dropped at a moment’s notice.”
“Clearly, it was not worn constantly and would have been put on when necessary,” he added.
Indeed, it could have been the secret weapon used in several 14th century serial murders.
“It would solve many of the unexplained deaths among nobles and aristocrats close to Dobrotitca,” Petrunova said.