Roman Dress Accessories

Roman Dress Accessories

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This book provides an introduction to Roman dress accessories defined here as what would today be called costume jewellery (non-precious metal jewellery). Items such as bracelets and pins are widely found in the Roman period in copper alloy, bone, glass, jet, shale and other materials. Completely new objects were introduced by the Romans, spread rapidly in each area of the Empire and were adopted by local populations. Using new evidence from finds, production areas, distribution patterns and the locations of workshops are examined. The interpretation of dress accessories is introduced, with reference to the depiction of objects in Roman art. Brooches, bracelets, beads, necklaces, rings, earrings, pins and belt sets are explained in detail, and the most popular types are described and illustrated, enabling the reader to identify common objects that might be found on an archaeological site or in a museum. About the author Ellen Swift studied archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and her PhD was awarded in 1999. She is currently Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Kent.The more common type of Roman glass bead is a small one-colour bead of translucent glass, probably made by cutting a pierced rod into lengths. ... This was more difficult, though, than making coloured glass, which could be produced by adding chemicals such as copper or ... period, it was common for votive offerings of objects, inscriptions and so on to be deposited in the sacred spring at temple sites.

Title:Roman Dress Accessories
Author:Ellen Swift
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2003


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