Javelin head

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Javelin head.
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Javelin head

A javelin is a light spear which was thrown. This iron javelin head was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It would have formed part of the equipment of the auxiliary cavalry.

The edge of the blade is damaged.

Roman spears were either thrown or thrust at a target. The two functions led to differences in manufacture, with throwing spears (javelins) usually lighter. The auxiliary cavalry carried either throwing spears or the heavier thrusting lance.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-861-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 179
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 4.56" L
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron javelin head from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. XXXVII, fig. 6. 
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