Iron rod

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Iron rod.
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Iron rod

This iron rod, coated with brass, was possibly part of a Roman chair. It was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. The rod was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

Decorative brass-coated iron rod for a chair, from Newstead

Usually all that survives of Roman furniture are the metal rods or fittings. Complete examples from Herculaneum in Italy, together with some pictures and surviving wooden fragments, show that the Romans used chairs, tables, couches, beds and chests.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-975-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 314
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron; brass-coated
What: Rod, chair
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
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