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Trumpet Brooch

4 April 2017

Border Archaeology Field Staff have uncovered an unusual variant of a Roman copper alloy "Trumpet" brooch.

Whilst accurate dating is difficult due to the relative scarcity of this particular form, it was possibly manufactured during the Antonine period (138–180AD) encompassing the reigns of Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius.

Small finds specialist Dr Hilary Cool commented: "When new, this large brooch would have had a bright brass-coloured ground, a vivid red enamel central plate and shining silver spots and strips in contrast to the golden colour of the base metal. It would have been an unmissable sight on the clothes of whoever wore it."