Harness mount

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Harness mount.
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Harness mount

This bronze harness mount was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 100 AD.

The mount is curved with a loop at one end. At the other end is a tang for fastening it into a socket. When mounted, it may have projected to the side like an animal's horn.

Leather on harnesses rarely survives, but the metal fittings and ornaments are often preserved.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-815-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 566
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Bronze
What: Mount
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Harness mount, from the Roman site at Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 298, Pl. LXXV, 4. 
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