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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This ceramic dish was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was made in the Thames estuary area of southeastern England between 140 and 180 AD.

The bowl is of a type known as black burnished ware 2 (BB2), a kitchen ware made in the Thames estuary area of southeastern England.

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: 000-100-102-490-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1404
Date: 140 - 180 AD
Between 140 and 180 AD
Material: Ceramic, coarse, grey, turning to black; shallow
Dimensions: 2.38" H x 6.63" D
What: Pottery / bowl
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Shallow black burnished ware bowl, 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 259. 
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