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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This brass scale armour was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was worn by either a legionary or auxiliary soldier sometime between 140 and 180 AD.

The armour is a type known as lorica squamata. It was made of small plates of brass, here with 338 surviving, which were individually linked with brass wire and then laced onto a leather garment through the larger holes at the top.

Roman soldiers were very well armed. Unlike native society, 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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