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Backing disc

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Backing disc
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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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