Guest Post: Roman Brooches – Pure Delight

One of the most awe-inspiring finds that I like to make on Roman sites are brooches. I don’t think a metal detectorist ever forgets their first Roman brooch. Most are just plain with slight decoration on them perhaps just an incised line or moulded bump. Some however are amazing with bright enamels and tinning as if made a few days ago.

Fibula Brooch

Of course there are always the “heart-ache” bits like spring pins and catch-plates we find, but even these are important discoveries concerning our past. Now the understanding has never been greater, of either style development or even date range. This is almost all as a direct consequence of metal detecting finds. Brooches also have that personal timeline connection, unlike coins (in most cases) in that in their case a person actually wore them, treasured them and was perhaps rather annoyed when mislaid or lost.

Trumpet Brooch

Some are incredibly small (like the tiny fibula shown) and one can make a guess these sizes were used by children, others can be large and quite robust, especially those found on military sites (like the Trumpet variety shown on my finger). Whether plate, cruciform, zoomorphic, the plain old striped Langton Down, or just a small fibula I think they are all quite special. I would particularly love to see some more examples of brooches everyone has found. So please feel free to send them into the Joan Allen Facebook or Twitter pages!

By Julian Evan-Hart

About Julian Evan-Hart
Julian is from Hertfordshire, England and has always been interested in fossils and antiquities. Julian has written a number of books on metal detecting, and is an avid user of Minelab products.

One Response to Guest Post: Roman Brooches – Pure Delight

  1. William says:

    What detector did you use?

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