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Roman Enamelled Brooch

 

An exciting find was made on our Clydesdale Fieldwalk Sunday 3rd February 2013.

Ed Archer, ably assisted by Ian Murray, were in the course of scanning the field location when a very positive beep sounded from the metal detector:





A light dig of the ground uncovered this:

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The design is very Roman from the period Circa 2nd century AD and can be seen in rare finds of this kind which consist of an outer rim pattern of slightly angled strokes, a center raised portion surrounded by a coloured enameled insert which as you see has been lost over the long years lying in the ground.
It is unusual in its large size and weight which may indicate it to have been a horse harness or other form.

A very close approximation as to its original beauty can be seen in this example of a find from Norfolk.

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