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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This iron file was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort of Newstead in Roxburghshire. It is a specialised woodworking tool, and was used between 80 and 100 AD.

The well-preserved file is double-sided.

The Roman army employed professional carpenters for the many woodworking tasks involved in building and maintaining structures and in providing equipment for the troops. The Roman carpentry kit was specialised.

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