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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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These three glass beads were found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They were probably used to decorate horse harnesses.

One bead is of dark blue glass, one of dark grey, and the third of black opaque glass. All are of a type called a melon bead, due to their obvious resemblance to the fruit.

Excavations at Newstead have revealed much about the layout, daily life and equipment in Roman camps in Scotland. The cavalry had special equipment for tournaments and ceremonies, to impress visitors and build morale.

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