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Brooch

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This enamelled bronze brooch was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

The round disc brooch has two concentric rings of enamel decoration. The inner band is red with raised spots, and the outer ring is green, with a scallop border. The central setting is missing, but may have held a raised boss. The edges are damaged.

Brooches were used to fasten clothing, and are understandably a common find on Roman sites. Disc brooches found in Britain were often decorated with enamel or inlaid glass.

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