Iron buckle

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Iron buckle.
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Iron buckle

This iron buckle was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used to fasten wide straps or girths on a harness between 140 and 180 AD.

Iron buckle used to fasten wide straps or girths, from Newstead

The Romans depended greatly on horses. Materials needed to set up and provision the forts in Scotland were hauled over short and long distances by horses. The cavalry also, of course, needed a large number of horses, and equipment for them.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-059-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 506
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Iron
Dimensions: 2.88" x 2.25" D
What: Buckle
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
  • Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland Vol 47, pl. 393, 6 
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