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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Purse (Piece).
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Purse (Piece)

This piece of a leather purse was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The purse has slits for a narrow band, which would have been pulled tight to close the purse.

Leather was used for a wide range of objects necessary to a Roman soldier, including tents, saddles, harness, shoes, clothing, belts, purses, bags, and shield covers. Elsewhere in the Roman empire, there is evidence of taxes demanded in hides.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-778-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 12
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Leather; vandyked along one side and slit for a narrow band
What: Purse
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Leather purse from Newstead
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