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Baluster from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Baluster from Newstead, Roxburghshire
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A baluster is a post which supports a rail. This sandstone baluster was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD, and was used either for a low ornamental rail or for between windows.

Sandstone baluster either from a low balustrade or between windows, from Newstead

Most buildings within Roman forts were built of timber with wattle and daub walls. Stone was used, however, for important buildings and the bath house. The Roman army also introduced a range of new materials such as plaster, mortar and cement.

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