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Harness Junction

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Harness Junction
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This brass harness junction, sometimes called a phalera, was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used on the horse harness belonging to a member of the auxiliary cavalry, sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The central boss is damaged.

Leather on harnesses rarely survives, but the metal fittings and ornaments are often preserved. The Roman auxiliary cavalry had both simple and elaborate harnesses.

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