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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Brooch.
© National Museums Scotland


This enamelled bronze brooch with its stem plated with tin was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was a valuable brooch, worn sometime between 80 and 180 AD. This picture shows the back of the brooch.

Brooch with semicircular head in blue enamel, from the Roman site at Newstead, Roxburghshire, 80 - 180 AD

Roman brooches come in a wide range of styles and decoration. Unfortunately, sculpture from the British Isles rarely depicts a person wearing a brooch. As a result, it is still unclear which styles of brooches were favoured by the different types of soldiers.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-091-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 844
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Semicircular head in blue enamel
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 325, 332, Pl LXXXVII, 27, PL LXXIX, 23. 
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