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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This enamelled bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. In the Roman Empire brooches of this shape are found only in Britain. They were worn in the 2nd century AD by both Romans and natives.

The brooch is a type called a trumpet brooch, due to the shape of the head which protects the spring. This picture views it from the side, showing some of the enamel decoration which was on the bow facing outwards when worn.

Trumpet brooches were a popular type of brooch in Roman Britain. Some, such as this example, have rings at the top for chains, and they are sometimes found in pairs.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-083-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 761
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Enamelled of Backworth type
What: Fibula / brooch
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Trumpet 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, pp 321-2, Pl LXXXV, 11. 
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