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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Iron rod
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This iron rod, coated with brass, was possibly part of a Roman chair. It was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. The rod was used sometime between 80 and 180 AD.

Decorative brass-coated iron rod for a chair, from Newstead

Usually all that survives of Roman furniture are the metal rods or fittings. Complete examples from Herculaneum in Italy, together with some pictures and surviving wooden fragments, show that the Romans used chairs, tables, couches, beds and chests.

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