Bronze harness junction

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From Strageath, Perthshire

Postcard of Bronze harness junction.
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Bronze harness junction

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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Online ID: 000-100-103-289-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.273
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Silvered
What: Phalera
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Muthill, Strageath
Description: Silvered phalera from Strageath, Perthshire, 80 - 180 AD
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