Water bottle

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found at Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Water bottle.
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Water bottle

This iron water bottle is from the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used between 140 and 180 AD. Examples of Roman metal flasks are extremely rare.

The iron body of the circular Roman water bottle has been made in two identical halves. A bronze neck and a pair of straps with decorative plates have been soldered onto the iron.

The form of water bottles carried by soldiers has changed little over the centuries.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-517-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 3435
Date: Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Iron; bronze mounts
Dimensions: 5.50" D x 3.50" W
What: Bottle, water
Who: J. Curle (Excavator)
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Iron water-bottle with bronze mounts, from Newstead
  • Clarke, D.V., Breeze, D.J., and Mackay, Ghillean. 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 21. 
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