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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Awl.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron awl was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used to punch holes, perhaps in leather, sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The awl has a metal haft.

Leather was used for a wide range of objects necessary to a Roman soldier, including tents, saddles, harness, shoes, clothing, belts, purses, bags, shields and shield covers. The specialist Roman leatherworkers used a wide range of tools for their work.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-927-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 258
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 4.13" L
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron awl from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LIX, 16, p 281. 
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