Armour (Fragments)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Armour (Fragments).
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Armour (Fragments)

These fragments of iron armour with bronze mounts were found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They are part of the plate armour known as lorica segmentata, worn by a legionary soldier sometime between 140 and 180 AD.

These fragments are some of over 40 pieces found in a well in the headquarters building at Newstead. The fragments shown here formed part of a breastplate.

Lorica segmentata was made up of iron strips mounted on leather straps inside, and fastened on the outside with bronze buckles, hooks, hinges and leather straps. Larger plates to cover shoulders, chest and back were attached to the rest of the armour.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-812-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 117
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Iron
What: Lorica segmentata
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Lorica segmentata from Newstead
  • Bishop, M.C. & Coulston, J. C. Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome. London: Batsford, 1993 pp 116-7 
  • Curle, J. A Roman Frontier Post and its People: The Fort of Newstead in the Parish of Montrose. Glasgow: J Maclehose & Sons, 1911 pp 155-8, pl XXII. 
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