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from Inveresk, Midlothian

Postcard of Carved stone.
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Carved stone

This stone carved in the shape of a pine cone was found at Inveresk in Midlothian. It was from a grave memorial stone of a Roman soldier who was buried between 142 and 158 AD.

Sculptured stone in the shape of a pine cone, from Midfield Mains, Inveresk, Midlothian

The occupying Roman army, with its mixture of soldiers from various parts of the Empire, brought foreign burial traditions with it. High-ranking members of the army commissioned stone grave monuments. The pine cone was a symbol of immortality.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-683-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FV 31
Date: Between 142 and 158 AD
Material: Stone; sculptured in the shape of a pine cone
Dimensions: 20.00" H
What: Stone
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Inveresk, Midfield Mains
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