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Bronze harness junction

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From Strageath, Perthshire

Bronze harness junction
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This bronze harness junction, sometimes called a phalera, was coated with silver or tin to give it a shiny surface. It was found at the site of the Roman outpost fort of Strageath in Perthshire. The harness junction was used between 80 and 180 AD.

The harness junction is circular, with a defined edge and inner ring. It has a central rivet.

The harnesses of Roman cavalrymen were decorated with a range of mounts and pendants. Some of the finer examples, such as this one, were probably used in tournaments or ceremonies rather than fighting.

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