Mallet head

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Mallet head.
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Mallet head

This wooden head from a mallet was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used between 80 and 100 AD.

The rectangular, square-sectioned mallet head was made from a single piece of wood. The remains of the wooden handle in the central hole are also preserved.

Like mallets today - which this one resembles - this mallet could have been used for various purposes, from banging in tent pegs to inserting wedges in a tree trunk, and for driving a chisel.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-302-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1141
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Wood
What: Mallet
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Wooden mallet from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 311, Pl. LXXXIII, 3. 
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