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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This iron knife was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It could have been used for a number of purposes, including skinning animals, sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The knife has a curved edge. It is damaged.

There were three stages to prepare a skin. First the hide was removed from a dead animal using knives such as this one. Next, it was cleaned, by loosening hair and fat, then scraping flesh, muscles and tendons with scrapers. Then the hide was preserved.

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