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Rare Roman bracelet to go on display in Barrow

A STUNNING Roman bracelet found by a metal detector has been successfully saved for Barrow.

Roman bracelet
The Roman bracelet was discovered in 2012 in the Dalton area.

A donation from the Furness Maritime Trust has enabled the Dock Museum to acquire the treasure. It is due to go on display on March 14.

The Roman bracelet was found in July 2012 in Dalton by a metal detectorist, and nothing quite like this has been found in Furness before.

It is a silver bracelet dating from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, when the Romans controlled ‘Britannia’.

The Roman bracelet is made of silver with a separate bezel. The gem stone is engraved with an image of a seated Jupiter, with wreath and full-length drapery, holding a sceptre in his left hand. In his extended right hand he holds a patera above a stylised flaming altar.

A similar bracelet has been found in Siska, Slovenia.

The Furness bracelet shows the reach of the Roman empire. However, there is no conclusive proof that the Romans were in Furness as no Roman building or structure has been found to date.

“It's a superb find and we're excited to have it on display in our new archaeology gallery,” said Sabine Skae, the museum’s collections and exhibitions manager.

The Dock Museum is going to celebrate the Roman treasure on a free family fun day on Saturday April 12, from 11am to 4pm, where people can meet a Roman soldier and a Celt.

Schools have also been invited to Roman workshops on March 21 and 28.

Have your say

Yes, but Dalton Castle's never open!

Posted by R Bell on 14 March 2014 at 11:17

The artefact was found in Dalton, therefore I think that a more appropriate place to keep it on display would be Dalton Castle.

Posted by I.S. on 12 March 2014 at 20:20

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