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Grantham detectorist uncovers rare brooch from the time of the Roman conquest




A very rare brooch dating back to the dawn of the Roman conquest has been found in a field by a Grantham metal detectorist.

The colourful horse brooch was unearthed in a field near Leasingham by metal detector enthusiast Jason Price, 48, and has, according to a local expert, rewritten the understandings around Roman brooches.

Veteran Jason found the brooch during a 'Detecting for Veterans' weekend. He said: "It was the last field of the weekend and it was heavily ploughed – so I didn’t hold out much hope of finding anything. You can imagine my surprise when my detector started buzzing. About eight inches down I found something caked in mud. At first I thought it was a piece of litter, but as I cleaned it off, my jaw dropped open. There it was – a horse brooch. I was shaking. I've found things like coins before, but never anything like this. Absolutely amazing!"

The rare horse brooch found by a Grantham metal detectorist. (30612404)
The rare horse brooch found by a Grantham metal detectorist. (30612404)

Dr Lisa Brundle, the Finds Liaison Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "This brooch is an exciting and rare discovery. It depicts a fairly realistic horse with an outstanding level of detail and is in remarkable condition – it even has the pin still attached. The horse would have originally appeared gold-like and the recesses probably once contained bright red, blue or yellow enamel. It would have been a spectacular sight on someone's robe.

"This type of Roman horse brooch is incredibly rare in Britain – and is the second only to have been found in the UK.The only other one is in the British Museum and is decorated differently - with spots of enamel only. The Leasingham horse, however, is in a league of its own with its pin situated below the legs and the realistic depiction of a saddle."

The brooch will be on display at the Collection Museum in Lincoln later this year.

For more information on the latest finds in Lincolnshire follow @HistPlacesLincs on Twitter or Facebook at Lincolnshire Portable Antiquities Scheme.

For more information about the Detecting for Veterans group and events in the area, visit www.detectingforveterans.org

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