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Door handle of iron

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Door handle of iron
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This iron door handle was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

Door handle consisting of an iron ring with attached loop, from Newstead

Concern with security is nothing new. The Romans built doors with handles, hooks and levers. Complicated lock and key mechanisms were also fitted to doors and chests, as evidenced by the large number of keys which have been found.

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