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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Leather Piece.
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Leather Piece

This piece of leather was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. It clearly shows stitching marks, although its use remains obscure. The piece dates from between 80 and 180 AD.

Curved, four-sided portion of leather with stitch marks along three sides and parallel rows of similar marks, from the Roman site at Newstead, 80 - 180 AD

The Roman army in Britain was involved in the preparation of leather and the manufacture of leather objects. Evidence of leatherworking has survived at Catterick and Vindolanda in northern England, including specialised tools for preparing hides.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-453-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 14
Date: 80 - 180 AD
Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Leather; curved, four-sided; stitch marks along three sides and parallel rows of similar marks about 0.75" inward
What: Leather / portion
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
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