Bolt with Loop

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Bolt with Loop

This iron bolt with attached loop was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. The bolt was for attaching to woodwork and the loop was for securing a rope or similar item. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The iron bolt was forged with an integral loop. It is square sectioned, with a square 'washer' now rusted to the end of the bolt.

The Roman army garrisoned at Newstead fort required the services of smiths, woodworkers and other craft specialists. This iron attachment - a simple, utilitarian item - could have been used to secure a variety of objects, including small ropes or hooks.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-001-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 385
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron; with loop
What: Bolt
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron bolt with loop from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 289, Pl. LXVII, 5 
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