Brooches, a nail cleaner and a glass bead

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From Stevenston Sands, Ayrshire; Castlelaw Fort, Midlothian; Hownam Rings, Roxburghshire; Galdenoch Farm, New Luce Wigtownshire

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Brooches, a nail cleaner and a glass bead

This photo shows bronze brooches from Stevenston Sands in Ayrshire and Castlelaw Fort in Midlothian, a bronze nail cleaner, from Hownam Rings, Roxburghshire, and a glass bead from Galdenoch Farm, New Luce in Wigtownshire.

The brooch from Stevenston Sands is of a type known as a plate brooch, and is unfinished. The brooch from Castlelaw Fort has enamel. The possible nail cleaner is broken at the tip. The bead is of a type known as a melon bead.

Although the Roman occupation in Scotland was strictly military, it did result in a number of fine objects being imported. These spread by various means to the population around the camps, where they were used as status symbols in the local society.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-421-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FJ 110
Date: 80 - 200 AD
Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Blue; melon-shaped
Bronze; narrow leaf shape; flat ring at broad end; tip imperfect; incised line up middle
Crescent; two cloisons on the face
Dimensions: 1.00" x 0.75"
1.06" L; middle 0.44" W
1.95" L
21 mm max D
What: Bead
Nail cleaner
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Ardeer, Stevenston Sands
Scotland, Midlothian, Castlelaw Fort
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Morebattle, Hownam Rings
Scotland, Wigtownshire, New Luce, Galdenoch Farm
Description: Bronze brooch from Castlelaw Fort, Midlothian
Bronze object, possibly a nail cleaner, shaped like a narrow leaf with an incised line up the middle and a flat ring at the broad end, from Hownam Rings, Roxburghshire
Unfinished plate brooch of bronze, from Stevenston Sands, Ayrshire, between 80 and 200 AD
Roman blue melon bead, from Galdenoch Farm, Wigtownshire, 80 - 200 AD
  • Guido, Margaret. The glass beads of the Prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Ireland. London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 1978, p. 100. 
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