Copper alloy mirror. Also 673.1. From VR72-80, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Excavated by Winchester Archaeology Section, 1972-1980.

Copper alloy mirror. Also 673.1. From VR72-80, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Excavated by Winchester Archaeology Section, 1972-1980.

Bronze mirror

Roman, probably 2nd century AD

Found during excavations by Winchester Museums Service Archaeology Section at Victoria Road, Winchester in the mid- to late 1970s

The mirror was found in a a cremation burial in the cemetery outside Roman Winchester's north gate, along with another mirror, three pots, a brooch, two beads, one of glass and one of amber, two armlets, one of ivory with a silver ring, a model wheel symbolising the the celtic sky god Jupiter Taranis, two glass unguent jars and food offerings in the form of cuts of pork or ham, and lamb. The cremated remains were in a wooden box, the metal fittings for which had survived nearly 2,000 years of burial in the ground.

The handle of the mirror has a similar design to two brooches from another grave in the cemetery- confronted dragons with joined snouts. This style of ornament is mainly found in northern England, in what was then the tribal territory of the Parisi and the Brigantes. The plainness of the mirror suggests a much later date than the brooches, however- mid 2nd century, rather than later 1st. Perhaps the people in the graves were related, but from different generations of the same family.

Copper alloy mirror. Also 673.1. From VR72-80, Victoria Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Excavated by Winchester Archaeology Section, 1972-1980.