New to the Museum: Roman brooch


Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire


Roman bow brooch

A recent addition to the Museum’s small collection of Roman items is this bow brooch (fibula in Latin) that was found in a field near the Ashley Road, close to Bradford’s St Laurence School villa site. It is a piece of jewellery that was used, much like a modern safety pin, to fasten a piece of clothing, such as a cloak. Its pin had a spiral spring and the point, now missing, locked into a flange at the end of the bow. It is made of bronze and dates from the last quarter of the first century AD, quite early in the Roman Period.

It can be seen in the Roman case in the Museum.

> See Museum’s collection of Roman objects

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