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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Altar.
© National Museums Scotland


This stone altar was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It was erected between 140 and 160 AD and is dedicated to the god Apollo.

This side of the altar is carved with a bow, a symbol of Apollo, the god of light, healing and prophecy.

An altar was a public sign of a worshipper's beliefs in the Roman world. On each is recorded the donor's name as well as that of the deity. Offerings were made in the hollow on the top.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-439-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FV 41
Date: Between 140 and 160 AD
Material: Stone
Dimensions: 1150 mm H x 370 mm L x 510 mm W
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Roman stone altar dedicated to Apollo, from Newstead
  • Collingwood, R.G. & Wright, R.P. The Roman Inscriptions of Britain Vol. 1: Inscriptions on Stone. Oxford: University Press, 1965, no. 2120, pp 651-2. 
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 143. 
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