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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 baths at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It is a type known from Roman sites on the Continent and Britain. This example dates from between 140 and 180 AD.

This picture shows the brooch from the side. The spiral spring is exposed on either side of the head, with the end of the wire bent across the coils of the spring. The bow is not decorated, but the catch plate has an openwork design forming a step pattern.

Fibulae were used to fasten clothing, and are understandably a common find on Roman sites. Some, such as this one, were plain and for everyday use. Others were more elaborate and used for important occasions.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-112-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 754
Date: 140 - 180 AD
Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Pierced catch plate
What: Fibula / brooch, bow shaped
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Bow brooch with pierced catch plate, from the Roman site at Newstead, Roxburghshire, 140 - 180 AD
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, pp 318-9, Pl LXXXV 4. 
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