Celtic Shield

Approx. Period: 100 BC
Length: 1.20m Width: 0.60m

Celtic warriors used their shields both as a defensive and an offensive weapon. Examples of 1.0m and up to 1.4m have been found. Shields for warfare were generally of wooden construction but intricately decorated ceremonial bronze and inlaid examples have also been found.

The shield is constructed of oak planks, bound with embossed and painted leather. Lime was also used to produce a light and resilient protection. The long oval shield has a central handle to hold securely and use to give a blow to the opponent. The hand is protected by a bronze boss set into the centre of the shield.