Strap terminal

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Strap terminal.
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Strap terminal

This bronze strap terminal was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was made between 80 and 100 AD to protect the end of the horse harness strap.

The terminal has a square plate towards the end, ornamented with grooves and mouldings. It is finished with an elongated knob. The dark-coloured areas were originally decorated with a coating of silver.

Excavations at Newstead have revealed much about the layout and daily life in Roman camps in Scotland. Some of the finer objects at Newstead, such as this one, were probably used in tournaments or ceremonies rather than fighting.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-072-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 518
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Brass
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Brass strap terminal from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LXXII. 
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