Lamp holder

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Lamp holder.
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Lamp holder

This lead lamp holder was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It held a lamp filled with oil on which a wick floated.

Lamp holder of lead, from the Roman site at Newstead, 80 - 180 AD

The Romans used oil lamps, candles and lanterns to provide lighting inside. Most surviving oil lamps are pottery, although metal examples are also known. The lamps were sometimes carried on metal lampholders such as this one.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-484-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1105
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Lead
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, Pl. LXXIX, 4. 
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