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Armour (fragments)

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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Armour (fragments)
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These fragments of iron armour with bronze mounts were found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. They are part of the plate armour known as lorica segmentata, worn by a legionary soldier sometime between 140 and 180 AD.

Over 40 pieces were found in a well in the headquarters building at Newstead. A number of the overlapping plates were preserved.

Armour made of overlapping plates was designed to move with the body. It also had the advantage that it was easy to repair from spare pieces.

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