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from Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Junction loop.
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Junction loop

This brass junction loop from a strap distributor on a horse harness was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It formed part of the equipment of the cavalry, used between 80 and 180 AD.

The junction loop is decorated with a single boss. It is broken. The loop is attached to a broken ring.

Leather on harnesses rarely survives, but the metal fittings and ornaments are often preserved. The Roman auxiliary cavalry had both simple and elaborate harnesses.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-486-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 976
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Brass; attached ring; imperfect; ornamented with a single boss
Dimensions: 1.50" L
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Brass junction loop with broken ring from phalera attached, from Newstead
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