The site of a Roman fortress, Inchtuthill lies on the north side of the River Tay, a mile (1.5 km) southeast of Spittalfield. It dates from about 83 AD but was soon abandoned. Seven tons of iron nails were concealed in a pit when the fort was abandoned, presumably because they were surplus to requirements and to deny them to local tribes. More than 875,000 nails were excavated in 1960, several were studied in various ways, many were gifted to school-children around Scotland but they were so numerous that a considerable quantity were melted down at Ravenscraig Steel Works.

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