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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Sword.
000-100-036-829-C
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Sword

This iron sword was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It is a native style, rather than Roman, sword which was used by auxiliary troops sometime between 80 and 100 AD.

The sword has Celtic-style fittings and a knob at the pommel. The sword is doubled over just below the hilt.

There were two classes of Roman soldiers: the elite legionary and the ordinary auxiliary soldier, each with its own particular type of equipment. Some of the auxiliaries were recruited locally, and used native weapons or equipment.


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Online ID: 000-100-036-829-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 136
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Iron; doubled over just below hilt
Dimensions: Blade 23.00" L; tang 5.50" L
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Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Event:
Description: Broken sword with Celtic style fittings, from Newstead
References:
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p. 185, Pl. XXXIV, 8. 
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