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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Arrowheads.
© National Museums Scotland


These iron arrowheads were found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They would have been used by archers in the auxiliary infantry, sometime between 140 and 180 AD.

The arrowheads are triangular in section, with three edges. They are slightly fluted, with barbs. The tangs at the bottom would have inserted into wooden shafts.

Roman auxiliary troops were recruited from the populations of conquered countries. As a result, their equipment varied widely. Skilled archers, some recruited from as far away as Syria, served in the auxiliary infantry in Britain.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-893-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 216 A
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Iron; three-edged; tanged
Iron; triangular bladed
Dimensions: 1.61" L
1.88" L
What: Arrowhead
Who: Newstead Collection
Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron arrowhead from Newstead
Iron triangular bladed arrowhead from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 189, Pl. XXXVIII, 3. 
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