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from Stirlingshire or West Lothian

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This brooch, also known as a fibula, was made of bronze inlaid with silver. It was reportedly found at the east end of the Antonine Wall. It was made in south-west England.

This picture clearly shows two empty settings and a pattern inlaid with silver.

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

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Online ID: 000-190-000-981-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FG 11
Date: 80 - 165 AD
Between 80 and 165 AD
Material: Bronze inlaid with silver
Who: Clerk Collection
Where: Scotland, Firth of Forth, Antonine Wall
Description: Bar brooch or fibula of bronze and silver, of Roman type, found in Scotland at the east end of the Antonine Wall, made in South West England, 80 - 165 AD
  • Johns, Catherine. The jewellery of Roman Britain. Celtic and Classical traditions. London: UCL Press Ltd., 1996. 
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