Fragment of a prick spur

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Fragment of a prick spur.
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Fragment of a prick spur

This fragment of a bronze prick spur was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The spur has one end missing and is quite corroded. A portion of a leather thong is preserved at one end.

The Roman cavalry needed a range of equipment for its horses, some for everyday use and some for ceremonies. Many of the auxiliary troops used local styles of equipment in their harness fittings.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-055-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 501
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze; one end wanting: a portion of the leather thong still adhering to the remaining termination
What: Spur, prick / fragment
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Bronze prick spur fragment with portion of leather thong adhering, from Newstead
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