Brooch (front)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Brooch (front).
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Brooch (front)

This enamelled bronze brooch was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD. This picture shows the front of the brooch.

The circular brooch has a red centre. The rest of the brooch is decorated in blue enamel with a zigzag pattern forming a star. Within each ray of the star is a metal dot.

The use of enamel decoration was popular among native people in Scotland and northern Britain for prestigious objects, and was even adopted for some Roman objects. The glass used was recycled from imported objects or scrap material.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-119-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 831
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze; enamelled
What: Brooch
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Enamelled bronze brooch from the Roman site at Newstead, Roxburghshire, 80 - 180 AD
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 331, Pl LXXIX, 10. 
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