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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Handle.
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This bronze handle for a small casket was found during excavations at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

One loop survives of the handle, but the other has broken off. The central section has a raised moulding, repeated near the loops.

Excavations at Newstead have revealed much about the layout, daily life and equipment in Roman camps in Scotland. Although wooden caskets and chests rarely survive, the metal fittings, handles and keys are evidence of their use by soldiers in the camp.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-817-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 622
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze
What: Handle, casket
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Handle for a small bronze casket, from the Praetentura, Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 309, Pl LXXXII, 2. 
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