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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Handle.
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This bronze handle from a flagon was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It dates from between 80 and 100 AD.

The distinctive handle resembles examples found on complete flagons at other Roman sites. The narrow end would have fastened to the rim of the flagon, while the broader, decorated end to its body.

Flagons were used by the Romans to store drinks. The flagon body would generally be globular and have one or two handles. They are known from both military and household sites in Britain. Some of the handles are quite elaborate.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-435-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 1192 B
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze
What: Loop
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: One of a pair of massive loops of bronze, with fish-tailed end and perforated segments, from the Roman site at Newstead, Roxburghshire, 80 - 180 AD
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 274. Pl. LIV, 6. 
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