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Amulet

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Amulet
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This bronze amulet was found during excavations at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The amulet has a phallic terminal. It is perforated through the centre to allow it to be fastened by a cord or some other means.

The Romans were superstitious, and used amulets and pictures of the gods to ward off evil. Phallic representations are found on a large number of Roman objects. They were thought to produce good luck and protect against the evil spirits.

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