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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

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This stone altar was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was erected between 140 and 160 AD and is dedicated to the god Apollo.

This side of the altar is carved with a bow, a symbol of Apollo, the god of light, healing and prophecy.

An altar was a public sign of a worshipper's beliefs in the Roman world. On each is recorded the donor's name as well as that of the deity. Offerings were made in the hollow on the top.

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