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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This ceramic bowl was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It is of high quality samian ware, imported between 140 and 180 AD.

The bowl has decorated panels illustrating animals and the fertility god Pan. It has been partly restored.

Some Roman officers brought their own fine tablewares to Scotland or purchased imported pieces. Samian ware, mass-produced in Gaul, was particularly valued, sometimes repaired if damaged or reused to manufacture other items.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-384-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1328
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Samian ware; in panels, Pan holding his pedum, a bird, an ass, a bestarius
Dimensions: 3.25" H x 6.75" D
What: Pottery / bowl
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Medium-sized Samian bowl with decorated panels, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 309, Pl. XL, 14. 
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