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from Mumrills, Stirlingshire

Postcard of Lance butt.
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Lance butt

This iron lance butt was found at the site of the Roman fort at Mumrills in Stirlingshire. It probably fitted onto a auxiliary cavalry lance to give it extra strength.

Cavalry lance ferrule of iron, from Mumrills

Roman spears were either thrown or thrust at a target. The two functions led to differences in manufacture, with throwing spears (javelins) usually lighter. The auxiliary cavalry carried either throwing spears or the heavier thrusting lance.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-552-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRB 438
Date: Between 140 and 165 AD
Material: Iron; conical
Dimensions: 6.50" L
What: Ferrule, lance
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Falkirk, Mumrills
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