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from Mumrills, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Mumrills in Stirlingshire. It was probably made locally between 142 and 165 AD.

This picture clearly shows the pin and closing mechanism of the brooch. The pin was an extension of the coil, providing the necessary tension for the pin.

This brooch is of a type known as a trumpet brooch. They are common finds, and must have been a very popular type of brooch in Roman Britain. Some trumpet brooches have rings at the top for chains, and they are sometimes found in pairs.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-984-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRB 386
Date: Between 142 and 165 AD
Material: Bronze; trumpet
Dimensions: 3.40" L
What: Brooch, fibula
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Mumrills
Description: Roman trumpet fibula of bronze from Mumrills
  • Johns, Catherine. The jewellery of Roman Britain. Celtic and Classical traditions. London: UCL Press Ltd., 1996, pp. 160-5. 
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