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Brooch, Carzield

Roman Period

This artefact was found during the excavations of Carzield Fort in 1965. This brooch would have been used as a cloak fastener, and was discovered discarded amongst an area of the fort which is believed to have been a contemporary Roman rubbish spread.


Roman decorative pieces 

Copper alloy objects were often tinned or silvered. Tinning simply requires the object to be dipped in molten tin, while silvering was achieved by beating out silver foil and attaching it to the object with lead/tin solder.


Tinning was used for helmets, scabbard and belt fittings, cavalry harness and even armour. Silvering was used on cavalry equipment. Dagger sheaths were sometimes decorated with silver, brass or gold inlays. From the second century AD onwards enamel inlay became popular.

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Carzield Roman Fort