More Than Just a Brooch…

My next task today is to pack up these artefacts and send them back to their owner.

Here at Fishbourne Roman Palace we take in metal artefacts for conservation. Our team have just finished working on these two items. They have been x-rayed, cleaned, stabilized, re-boxed and analysed. Now they have to go back along with their conservation reports to “Archaeology South East”, the excavation unit who found them.

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On the left is a collection very fragile copper alloy objects, including part of a Roman toilet set. On the right is a beautiful brooch that we have cleaned to reveal some of the original decoration (sorry – my photography isn’t that great). What you can’t see is that preserved in the rust on the brooch is a fragment of cord, probably from the clothing being warn by the person who owned it.

But there’s more…

On the back is this amazing bead, again encrusted in rust from the object. you can clearly see the red and green pattern and the hole on the top. This really is a rare and special thing! I’m going to miss it when it’s gone…

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