Harness Junction

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Harness Junction.
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Harness Junction

This silvered bronze harness junction, sometimes called a phalera, was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It formed part of the equipment of the auxiliary cavalry, used between 80 and 180 AD.

The harness junction was coated with silver or tin to give a shiny appearance. It is quite corroded. A stud originally fastened through the central hole.

The harnesses of Roman cavalrymen were decorated with a range of mounts and pendants. Some of the finer examples, such as this one, were probably used in tournaments or ceremonies rather than fighting.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-091-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 540
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze; silvering beneath corrosion; loop at back; ornamented on surface
Dimensions: 1.44" D
What: Phalera
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Silvered bronze phalera from Newstead
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