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Chain mail (fragments)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Chain mail (fragments)
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These fragments of bronze chain mail were found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They are from body armour worn by either a legionary or auxiliary soldier, sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The chain mail was made from rings of two sizes attached together in alternate rows. At places the rings were attached to small bronze scales, resembling in shape the scales used on lorica segmentata.

The most common type of Roman body armour was known as lorica segmentata. It consisted of overlapping plates, and was worn by legionary soldiers. Chain mail, made in bronze or iron, was worn by both legionary and auxiliary soldiers.

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