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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze brooch, also known as a fibula, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was probably imported from the Rhineland between 140 and 180 AD.

The brooch is a type known as a knee brooch (due to its shape which resembles a bent knee and lower leg). This picture shows the brooch from side. The coiled spring mechanism is visible on the head.

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

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Online ID: 000-190-002-084-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 778
Date: 140 - 180 AD
Between 140 and 180 AD
What: Fibula / brooch, knee
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Knee brooch, from the Roman site at Newstead, Roxburghshire, 140 - 180 AD
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 325, Pl LXXXVII, 28. 
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