Strap fastener

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Strap fastener.
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Strap fastener

This bronze strap fastener was found during excavations at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD on either clothing or harness.

The native style strap fastener is of a type known as standard button-and-loop fasteners. It was used with two straps: one strap fastened through the loop, and the button would fix through the eye in the second strap.

Newstead was the largest auxiliary fort in Scotland in the late 1st century AD. In the 2nd century it held a cavalry regiment and legionary detachment. Excavations at Newstead have revealed much about the layout and daily life in Roman forts in Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-820-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 671
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Copper alloy
What: Fastener
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Native style copper alloy button-and-loop fastener, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl XCII, 9. 
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