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Umbo from Roman shield

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Umbo from Roman shield
Umbo from Roman shield

An umbo that was attached to the shield of a Roman legionary who belonged to the legion VIII Augusta. The object dates back to the early 2nd century CE; it was found in the River Tyne in northern England. On the edge of the umbo you can read the name Junius Dubitatus.

Umbo was meant to protect the hand, strengthen the shield, and could be used as an offensive weapon by striking.

  • British Museum

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