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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


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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Online ID: 000-100-037-198-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 783
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Rectangular bow and spring case
What: Brooch, knee
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Knee brooch with rectangular bow and spring case, found at Newstead, imported from the Rhineland
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