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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Anvil.
© National Museums Scotland


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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Online ID: 000-180-001-414-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 3109
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Mortaria
What: Pottery / sherd
Subject: Pottery
Who: J. Curle (Excavator)
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Pottery / sherd
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 286, Pl. LXIII, 10. 
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