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From Newstead, Roxburghshire; Traprain Law, East Lothian; Balevullin, Tiree, Inner Hebrid

Postcard of Needles.
© National Museums Scotland


These bronze needles were found at the Roman fort of Newstead in Roxburghshire, at the native hillfort site of Traprain Law in East Lothian and at Balevullin on Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. They were used sometime in the 1st millennium AD.

Copper alloy needle from Newstead

Where textiles were produced and finished, sewing needles and bodkins were needed. Needles in both bone and metal have survived from Roman and native sites in the 1st millennium AD.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-176-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HD 352
Date: 0 - 1000 AD
0 - 1000 AD
Between 0 and 1000 AD
Material: Copper alloy
Copper alloy
Copper alloy
Copper alloy; square section near point
Dimensions: 2.13" L
2.44" L
8.06" L
What: Needle
Who: Newstead Collection
Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Tiree, Balevullin
Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Copper alloy needle from Traprain Law, 0 - 1000 AD
Copper alloy needle from Balevullin, Tiree, 0 - 1000 AD
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. XCII, 22. 
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