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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Amulet.
© National Museums Scotland


This bronze amulet was found during excavations at the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

The amulet has a phallic terminal. It is perforated through the centre to allow it to be fastened by a cord or some other means.

The Romans were superstitious, and used amulets and pictures of the gods to ward off evil. Phallic representations are found on a large number of Roman objects. They were thought to produce good luck and protect against the evil spirits.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-818-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 629
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Bronze
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Bronze amulet with phallic symbol, from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 150, Pl LXXVII, 2. 
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