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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Sword.
© National Museums Scotland


This iron sword with bronze hilt guard was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire.

The bronze hilt guard is an Iron Age type. The end of the blade is missing.

Although from a Roman site, the sword is a native type. Many auxiliary troops used local styles of equipment and many troops were recruited locally.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-830-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 137
Date: Between 80 and 100 AD
Material: Iron; imperfect blade; with part of tang
Dimensions: 14.75" L
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Native type sword from Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p. 185, Pl. XXXIV, 10. 
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