Pot and lid

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found at Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Pot and lid.
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Pot and lid

This ceramic cooking pot with sandstone lid was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It had been reused as a cremation urn between 80 and 100 AD.

The pot has a broad band of lattice decoration around the body. It is sealed with a sandstone lid. When buried, the pot was placed on a sandstone slab and protected by four other slabs which formed a tent-like structure over it.

Roman burials, either inhumations or cremations, are rare in Scotland. Cremation was the norm, although foreign auxiliaries and native recruits retained their own burial practices.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-423-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1390
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Dark grey; lattice work pattern round sides; circular stone cover
Dimensions: 9.00" H; mouth 4.50"
What: Urn, cremation
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Dark grey cremation urn with lattice work pattern round sides and worked stone disc as lid, from Newstead
  • Clarke, D.V., Breeze, D.J., and Mackay, G. The Romans in Scotland. An introduction to the collections of the National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, 1980, p 65. 
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