Backing disc

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Backing disc.
© National Museums Scotland

Backing disc

This bronze backing disc from a standard was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It would have had a picture of the emperor attached, then been mounted on a pole and carried as a standard.

The disc has a central concave section. It is unornamented.

Different groups within the Roman army possessed standards, which were highly prized. They had several functions: used as religious talismans, as markers when striking camp, and as rallying points when carried into battle.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-826-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 133
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze; three metal loops on back; without radial lines in central concavity
What: Backing disc, standard
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Bronze backing disc from a standard, from Newstead
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