Gaesum Spear

Approx. Period: 50 BC
Length: 1.80m Width: 0.08m

Spears were widely used by Celtic warriors. A functional weapon could be constructed from sharpened wood but many more sophisticated bronze or iron weapons were used both in warfare and for ceremonial purposes. Larger spears were used for close thrusting fighting and lighter javelins used as a throwing weapon.

The Gaesum Spear has a wide blade and incorporates secondary tangs which were useful in hooking the enemy shields and armour. They also inflicted a more damaging wound. The spear head is constructed from iron with inlaid bronze fish design which would probably indicate ceremonial use. The base of the oak shaft also incorporates an iron spike.