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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Jar.
© National Museums Scotland


This pottery jar was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was imported from south-western England, perhaps for its contents, between 140 and 180 AD.

The jar is of a type known as black burnished ware 1 (BB1), a kitchen ware imported from southwestern England. The jar has been restored.

An administrative system existed to ensure that the Roman army was supplied with food and other goods. Quartermasters were responsible for obtaining supplies, and dealt with army craftsmen, various traders, and the native population.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-487-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1395
Date: 140 - 180 AD
Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic; side handle; restored
Dimensions: 6.44" approx H; mouth 3.75" D
What: Pottery / jar
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Black burnished ware jar with side handle, from the Roman site at Newstead, 140 - 180 AD
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 256, fig. 31. 
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