Hilt guard

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Hilt guard.
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Hilt guard

This bronze hilt guard for a sword was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It is of a native, rather than Roman, style, and fitted on a sword belonging to a member of the auxiliary cavalry.

The hilt guard is well preserved.

There were two classes of Roman soldiers: the elite legionary and the ordinary auxiliary soldier, each with its own particular type of equipment. Some of the auxiliaries were recruited locally, and used native weapons or equipment.

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Online ID: 000-100-083-260-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 4234
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 20 mm x 51 mm
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Newstead (Roman fort)
Description: Celtic style copper alloy hilt guard, from Newstead, Roxburghshire
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