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A) Roman penannular brooch. Made of copper alloy with red enamel decoration depicting fish and birds. This type of brooch is believed to come from Ireland in the third and fourth century A.D. Found at the excavation of the sacred spring in1979.

B) Celtic bow brooch of the so-called 'Colchester B' type, dating to 50-70 A.D. It is made of copper alloy. Found at the excavation of the sacred spring in 1979.

C) Celtic bow brooch made of copper alloy. It is a so-called 'Nauheim derivative', a British version of a common type of brooch on the continent. It dates to the early to the middle of the first century A.D. Found at the excavation of the sacred spring in 1980.

D) Roman ear ring with twisted silver and bronze. Found at the excavation of the sacred spring in 1980.

E) Roman rings of copper alloy. Found at the excavations of the sacred spring in 1979-80.

(I haven't been able to find any additional information on the other ear ring.)

The waters at Bath were very popular already in Roman times, and they in their turn took after the Celts who had built a shrine dedicated to the goddess Sulis. The Romans built both temples and baths and called the town Aquae Sulis (the water of Sulis).

According to the Anglo-Saxon chronicle the baths were destroyed in the 6th century. But not totally - the spring continued to draw attention to its healing powers, and it is now housed in a 18th century building, one of the central features of Bath. And extensive archaeological research to the Roman remains has also been made.
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  • Taken: Jun 6, 2011
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