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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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

The brooch was originally circular in shape, though it is quite damaged now. The central part is raised and decorated with a double ring of triangular spaces cut into the metal. Round enamelled knobs were spaced around the edge.

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: 000-100-104-121-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 841
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Enamelled; imperfect
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Brooch with enamelling, 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, 20. 
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