Helmet boss

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Helmet boss

This bronze boss from a helmet was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It formed part of the equipment of a member of the auxiliary cavalry, worn sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The hemispherical boss is damaged on one side.

The helmets of the auxiliary cavalry differed from those of the legionary soldiers. Many consisted of a close-fitting iron cap and a neckguard, sheathed in bronze, sometimes with bronze bosses attached.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-223-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 989
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Small; hemispherical; with a hole in the bottom
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Helmet boss from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LXXIV, 9. 
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