Cloth (Fragment)

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found at Falkirk, Stirlingshire

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Cloth (Fragment)

This fragment of cloth was stuffed into the mouth of a pot containing a hoard of almost 2,000 Roman coins. The hoard was found at Falkirk in Stirlingshire, about 400 metres north west of the Antonine Wall. It was buried around the mid 3rd century AD.

The cloth has a simple check design, an early form of tartan. Such checks were popular amongst the native population in the northern Roman provinces and seem to have been invented by them in the pre-Roman period.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-743-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FR 483
Date: Buried around 230 AD
Material: Textile
Dimensions: 110 mm x 70 mm
What: Textile / fragment
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Falkirk
Description: Textile fragment from the mouth of a pot containing Roman coins, from Falkirk
  • Clarke, D.V., Breeze, D.J., and Mackay, G. The Romans in Scotland. An introduction to the collections of the National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, 1980, p 54. 
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