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TITLE
Trumpet Brooch
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_ARCH_0008
PLACENAME
Dunan
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
2c
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12820
KEYWORDS
jewellery
costume
brooches
Trumpet Brooch

Although badly degraded, this artefact is easily identified as a Roman trumpet brooch. It has a distinctive bow shape with a marked expansion at the head where the hinge or spring of the pin was contained and protected, giving rise to the term 'trumpet'. Not unlike a safety pin in use, the form was very popular in the Romano-British period, and this example probably dates from the second century AD. Trumpet brooches were usually used in pairs, linked by a chain, to fasten cloaks or tunics.

The brooches were common in the military areas of the north of Britain, and quite a few have been discovered among other Roman finds north of the main Imperial line of control at Hadrian's Wall. Whether they were casual losses, objects of trade, or trophies from raiding parties is unknown, but the discovery of this example on a beach in Skye was bound to be of interest. It was found in 1997 close to the site of a prehistoric dun, suggesting that the brooch could have originated there


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Trumpet Brooch

INVERNESS: Strath

2c

jewellery; costume; brooches

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Artefact Collection, Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Although badly degraded, this artefact is easily identified as a Roman trumpet brooch. It has a distinctive bow shape with a marked expansion at the head where the hinge or spring of the pin was contained and protected, giving rise to the term 'trumpet'. Not unlike a safety pin in use, the form was very popular in the Romano-British period, and this example probably dates from the second century AD. Trumpet brooches were usually used in pairs, linked by a chain, to fasten cloaks or tunics.<br /> <br /> The brooches were common in the military areas of the north of Britain, and quite a few have been discovered among other Roman finds north of the main Imperial line of control at Hadrian's Wall. Whether they were casual losses, objects of trade, or trophies from raiding parties is unknown, but the discovery of this example on a beach in Skye was bound to be of interest. It was found in 1997 close to the site of a prehistoric dun, suggesting that the brooch could have originated there <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />