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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Shoe.
© National Museums Scotland


This leather shoe was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort of Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates between 80 and 180, providing evidence of decorated footwear of Roman soldiers.

This type of shoe, called by the Romans a carbatina, was cut from one piece of leather, wrapped around the foot and secured with thongs which tied through holes on the sides. It is worn to a hole in the heel.

A variety of shoes have been found in Roman Britain, included examples where the soles were nailed or stitched to several layers, sandals and one-piece shoes. Surviving where conditions are favourable, they show changing fashions over time.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-804-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 108
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Leather; cut out of one piece; worn to a hole in the heel
Dimensions: 9.50" L
What: Carbatina / sandal / shoe
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Roman carbatina, or sandal, cut from one piece of leather, from Newstead
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