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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Spoon.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze spoon was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD. Roman spoons of this shape are known as 'cochleare' in Latin.

The spoon has a small circular bowl and a long and slender handle which is pointed to the end. It appears to have been coated with white metal, presumably to make it appear like silver.

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: 000-100-037-181-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 695
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Copper, apparently coated with white metal; small; handle pointed to the end
Dimensions: 4.75" max L; bowl 0.88" D
What: Spoon / cochlear
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Copper spoon or cochlear from Newstead
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