History of Iron Age swords and scabbards, £85.00
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Height: 83.600 cm
Width: 46.800 cm
Weight: 2.750 kg
Gift of RMC Group plc
P&EE 1986 9-11
Prehistory and Europe
Religion and ritual in Iron Age Britain
This bronze shield was found in 1985 by the driver of a mechanical digger excavating gravel from a channel of the River Thames. The shield had been bent and crumpled by the digger.
It would have taken skilled craftspeople a long time to make this shield and it was probably not made to be used in battle; the thin bronze would have been smashed by swords and penetrated by spears with ease. The shield was probably made for display. Like the Battersea, Witham and Thames shields, the Chertsey shield was deliberately placed in the River Thames, probably as an offering or sacrifice to gods, spirits or ancestors.