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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Knife.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron knife with a bone handle was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used, perhaps for filleting, sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

Both handle and blade of the knife are worn, and the bone has split. It is without decoration.

A number of knives of various shapes and sizes were found at Newstead, presumably designed for a variety of purposes. Some, like this one, have bone handles preserved.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-935-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 266
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron blade; bone handle
What: Knife, filleting
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron-bladed filleting knife with bone handle, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 282, Pl. LX, 4. 
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