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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Weight.
© National Museums Scotland


This lead weight was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD. The weight would have been used for weighing items on a balance.

The weight is disc-shaped.

The Roman world had a highly standardised system for weighing goods. Objects were weighed either on a balance from which pans were suspended or on a steelyard. The unit of weight was sometimes inscribed on the weights.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-286-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1116
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Lead
What: Weight, balance
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Balance weight of lead from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LXXXII, 16. 
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