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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Spoon.
© National Museums Scotland


This perforated bone spoon was found the site of the Roman fort at at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD and was probably used for catching solids in wine.

The spoon has a long slender handle. The oval bowl is cracked.

Excavations at Newstead have revealed much about the layout and daily life in Roman forts in Scotland. Officers in the Roman army possessed better cooking and serving equipment than the lower ranks.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-180-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 694
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bone; with a perforation through the blade
Dimensions: 5.88"
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Bone spoon with a hole, probably for catching solids in wine, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LCII, 21. 
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