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Iron Age and Roman Jewellery Designs

Why do you wear jewellery? Jewellery can be useful, (eg. for securing clothing), as well as decorative. In Iron Age times men and women wore a variety of pieces of jewellery. We know, for example, that Iron Age people wore long cloaks and a brooch would be used to keep the cloak in place.


Look through the pictures to the right of this page of Roman and Iron Age jewellery. Can you work out which pieces are Roman and which are Iron Age?


Here are some clues:

  • Roman designs featured animals, horses, hares, birds and fish as well as imagery of gods and goddesses
  • Iron Age jewellery was often made from bronze or gold.

Activity ideas:

Design your own piece of jewellery (i.e. torc, armlet, bracelet or brooch) featuring either Iron Age or Roman designs and patterns. Decorate your jewellery with motifs and explain what your motif represents, for example, a coiling snake symbolized immortality, a wheel represented the sun or movement, stags a represented hunting and lions were a symbol of strength.
  • You could make your own Roman snake bracelet using wire or pipe cleaners to form the arm coil and metallic paper or foil for the snake.
  • Soap can be used to create carvings for Roman cameo portraits.
  • Iron Age brooches can be made using safety pins, tin foil and glitter to create intricate patterns.

View other relevant My Learning Ancient History resources or see the teachers' notes page for discussion and activity ideas. 

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Birdlip brooch
Cable bracelet
Dolphin brooch
La Tene brooch III