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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

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Scabbard loop

Swords were kept in scabbards, usually made of wood, strengthened with leather and metal bands. This bronze scabbard suspension loop was found during excavations at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire.

Copper alloy scabbard suspension loop, from Newstead

There were two classes of Roman soldiers: the elite legionary and the ordinary auxiliary, each with its own equipment. Every soldier, infantry and cavalry, was fully equipped. Military equipment was mass produced.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-836-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 145
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Copper alloy
What: Scabbard suspension loop
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
  • Curle, J. A Roman frontier post and its people: the fort of Newstead. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1911, p 187, Pl. LXXVII, 4. 
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