chapter  8
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The manufacture of Roman jewellery

In the foregoing chapters I have attempted to build up a picture of the types of personal ornament worn in Roman Britain and the interest that they hold for the archaeologist and the art historian. In this final section it remains to say a little about the nature of the craftsmanship required to create the jewellery. Ancient technology is a vast field of research, and its study in depth requires scientific training and often practical craft experience as well. My purpose is merely to give some idea of the main techniques that were used to make and decorate items of personal adornment during the Roman period in Britain.