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Fragment of a platter

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Fragment of a platter
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This fragmentary platter of samian ware pottery was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 140 and 180 AD.

The name 'Domiti' is crudely scratched on the bottom of the platter, meaning '(Property) of Domitius'.

Brought to Scotland by the Romans, writing was a vital part of the bureaucracy generated by the army. Many Roman soldiers could read and write to some extent, and marked their names on their belongings.

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