Armour (fragment)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Armour (fragment).
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Armour (fragment)

This fragmentary bronze arm guard from Roman armour was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The arm guard is made up of overlapping strips of bronze.

Roman soldiers were very well armed. Unlike native society, possession of armour, helmet and a sword were not signs of special wealth or status. Every soldier, infantry and cavalry, was fully equipped. Military equipment was mass produced.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-811-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 116
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze; laminated
What: Arm guard, lamellar / fragment
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Fragments of laminated bronze armour, now interpreted as a lamellar arm guard, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p. 159, Pl. XXIII. 
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