Helmet strip

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Helmet strip

This bronze helmet strip was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It would have reinforced a helmet worn by a member of the auxiliary cavalry sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The strip is curved, tapering to a point through which a small conical finial has been inserted.

The helmets of the auxiliary cavalry differed from those of the legionary soldiers. Many consisted of a close-fitting iron cap and a neckguard, sheathed in bronze, sometimes with bronze bosses attached.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-819-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 126
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze; with a small conical finial at one end
What: Helmet reinforcing strip
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Helmet reinforcing strip of bronze, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p. 165, Pl. XXXV, 8. 
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