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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This small iron anvil was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used in a blacksmith's smiddy sometime between 80 and 100 AD.

The end of the small anvil, now broken, would have slotted into a wooden block. This type of anvil could have been used for pointing nails.

Iron was widely used by the Romans for tools, weapons and fittings. Blacksmiths made a wide range of objects, working with tools not that different from those in use today.

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