Brooch (piece)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Brooch (piece).
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Brooch (piece)

This piece of an enamelled bronze brooch was found during excavations at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The piece of the round disc brooch has a petal-like, vandyked edge and hollow centre. The pin no longer survives, but the catch and hinge are preserved on the back.

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: 000-180-001-824-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 832
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Enamelled
What: Brooch / portion
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Portion of enamelled brooch with vandyked edge, from the Roman site at Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 331, Pl LXXXIX, 11. 
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