Drinking Vessel

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Drinking Vessel

This ceramic drinking vessel was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was made a good-quality drinking vessel made in the Rhineland between 140 and 180 AD.

The vessel depicts a chase scene, with a stag, hind and hounds, in a technique known as barbotine, where the ornament is trailed on like icing. The hounds have collars around their necks.

Excavations at Newstead have revealed much about the layout and daily life in Roman forts in Scotland. Officers in the Roman army possessed better cooking and serving equipment than the lower ranks.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-424-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1391
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic, white; thin; covered with black engolie; decorated with stag, hind and hounds in barbotine
Dimensions: 4.75" H; mouth 3.75" interior D
What: Beaker
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Castor ware beaker decorated with a chase scene showing stag, hind and hounds, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 254, Pl L(A), 7. 
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