Carved slab (detail)

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Found at Bridgeness, West Lothian

Postcard of Carved slab (detail).
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Carved slab (detail)

This carved slab was found at Bridgeness in West Lothian. It commemorates building the most eastern part of the Antonine Wall around AD 142. This detail shows the scene on the left of the slab.

The scene symbolises Roman conquest and depicts a Roman cavalryman riding over four naked Britons armed with swords and shields. One of the Britons is already beheaded and another has a spear in his back.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-202-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FV 27
Date: Around 142 AD
Material: Sandstone
Dimensions: 890 mm H x 200 mm L x 2750 mm W
What: Distance slab
Where: Scotland, West Lothian, Bo'ness and Carriden, Bridgeness
Description: Sandstone distance slab with a scene on the right hand side showing the pouring of a libation on an altar as a preliminary to animal sacrifice, from Bridgeness, West Lothian
  • Clarke, D.V., Breeze, D.J., and Mackay, Ghillean. The Romans in Scotland. An introduction to the collections of the National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh: National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, 1980, pp 14-5. 
  • Phillips, E.J. 'The Roman Distance Slab from Bridgeness' The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 105 (1974), pp 176-82 
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