Helmet cheek piece (Piece)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Helmet cheek piece (Piece).
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Helmet cheek piece (Piece)

This cheek piece for a helmet, of iron overlaid with bronze, 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.

The cheek piece is fragmentary, and broken in two. It has raised decoration, with what appears to be two legs of a human figure in the centre.

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: 000-100-037-228-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1003
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Iron, overlaid with bronze; two portions of a plate; remains of a double moulding around the edge; in centre of the larger piece what appears to be two legs of a human figure
What: Cheek piece, helmet
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Helmet cheek-piece from Newstead
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