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Catapult bolt head

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From Strageath, Perthshire

Catapult bolt head
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This iron catapult bolt head was found at the site of the Roman fort at Strageath in Perthshire. Its socket attached to a wooden shaft, which was fired from a small catapult similar to a cross-bow. It dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

The bolt head is complete but corroded.

Catapults were used to sling objects, especially sharp metal bolts, quickly and forcefully over long distances. They were made in various sizes and forms, the larger ones of wood and ropes, with metal parts to bind them together.

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