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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Knife.
© National Museums Scotland


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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Online ID: 000-100-036-940-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 271
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron; curved edge
Dimensions: 150 mm x 30 mm
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron knife with a curved edge, probably British, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 282, Pl. LX, 7. 
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