The new season is upon us, and thanks to a very understanding wife, and some surprisingly clement weather I have been visiting my two Roman sites.
The site in Harlton has been harvested but not ploughed or harrowed, however that hasn’t stopped me picking up a few Roman grots and an absolutely beautiful Wirral Brooch:
What a beauty eh?
The Wirral brooch is a type of Roman bow brooch found mainly on the Wirral peninsula in the North West of Britain. First noted in 1999 by Philpott, it is a distinctive type both stylistically and geographically. There are 102 brooches known plus another 10 variants.
- A head-loop
- A stepped head – often decorated or enamelled
- A rectangular panel with 3 strips infilled with enamel in alternate colours on the upper bow
- A stud/boss at the waist of the brooch
- Steep profile to the bow
- Disc-shaped moulding on the foot
- The catchplate usually stops before the foot
- The brooch is an heirloom, kept in the family and lost a century later when the pin broke
- The site was in fact being occupied in the late first early second century, but this is the only evidence discovered to date
- The brooch represents a stray find