Seal box

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Seal box.
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Seal box

This enamelled bronze seal box was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It would have been attached to a wooden and wax tablet, to attest that a document was authentic. The box dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

This picture shows the top of the seal box, which is decorated with enamel.

Brought to Scotland by the Romans, writing was a vital part of the bureaucracy generated by the army. Some of the seal boxes which were attached to tablets were expensive and ornate. Occasionally the lead seals survive as well.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-207-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 848
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Pointed
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Seal box from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, pp 332-3, Pl. LXXXIX, 27. 
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