Roman jewellery, Cumbria

Tuesday, 30th April, 2013

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Gold Roman jewellery is found at Brougham near Penrith
A piece of gold Roman jewellery has been found at Brougham, near Penrith, and donated to the Penrith and Eden Museum.
The artefact, thought to be a piece of bracelet or an earring [or a necklace], was declared to be treasure by the coroner and valued at £450-500.
Metal detector enthusiast John Brassey discovered the ancient object on land owned by John Slack.
The pair donated the item to the museum, where it is now on display.
The piece features decorative birds facing in opposite directions and is similar to examples found in

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Lancaster [pictured above] and Switzerland [from Augst*][pictured below].

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It is thought to date from the second or third century AD, when the Romans had a fort, settlement [vicus] and cemetery at Brougham.
The find was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, under which the landowner and finder could have shared a reward equal to the value of the treasure.
Mr Brassey and Mr Slack chose to forego the reward, allowing the museum to take the item free of charge.
Curator Dr Sydney Chapman said: “In common with most museums, we have very limited means for purchasing acquisitions and we are indebted to them for this gift.
“It is largely through such community-spirited generosity that the museum has built up its collections since its foundation, well over a century and a quarter ago.”

Good man, John Brassey! And John Slack!

*Riha, E. 1990. Der römische Schmuck aus Augst und Kaiseraugst. Forschungen : pl. 88, p. 337

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