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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was probably imported from the Rhineland between 140 and 180 AD.

The brooch is of a type known as a knee brooch (due to its shape which resembles a bent knee and lower leg), a type popular on the continent, especially in the 3rd century.

The Roman army obtained supplies from three zones: locally, within the Roman province of Britannia, or further afield in the Roman empire. Knee brooches were imported into Britain, particularly the north, from the later second century.

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