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from Mumrills, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Mumrills in Stirlingshire. It was probably made locally between 142 and 165 AD.

The brooch is of a type known as a trumpet brooch, due to the shape of the head which protects the spring. Within the Roman Empire it is found only in Britain, and was common in the second century AD for Roman and natives.

Brooches were used to fasten clothing, and are understandably a common find on Roman sites. Trumpet brooches are a fusion of Roman and native influences: they are Roman products, but with native ornamentation or features.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-542-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRB 386
Date: Between 142 and 165 AD
Material: Bronze; trumpet
Dimensions: 3.40" L
What: Brooch, fibula
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Mumrills
Description: Roman trumpet fibula of bronze from Mumrills
  • Johns, Catherine. The jewellery of Roman Britain. Celtic and Classical traditions. London: UCL Press Ltd., 1996, pp. 160-5. 
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