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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 a type known as a knee brooch (due to its shape which resembles a bent knee and lower leg). This picture shows the brooch from above. The flange at the bottom held the pin, which is missing.

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: 000-100-104-114-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 778
Date: 140 - 180 AD
Between 140 and 180 AD
What: Fibula / brooch, knee
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Knee brooch, 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, p 325, Pl LXXXVII, 28. 
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