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Lance butt

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from Mumrills, Stirlingshire

Lance butt
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This iron lance butt was found at the site of the Roman fort at Mumrills in Stirlingshire. It probably fitted onto a auxiliary cavalry lance to give it extra strength.

Cavalry lance ferrule of iron, from Mumrills

Roman spears were either thrown or thrust at a target. The two functions led to differences in manufacture, with throwing spears (javelins) usually lighter. The auxiliary cavalry carried either throwing spears or the heavier thrusting lance.

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