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Circumference: 59.500 cm (hat size 7½)
Width: 3.800 cm
Gift of the Dover Archaeological Group
P&EE 1990 1-2 24
Room 50: Britain and Europe
Religion and ritual in Iron Age Britain
Skull and crown of the 'Deal Warrior'
This headdress or crown was found on the head of a warrior buried with his sword and shield. It is made from two sheets of bronze held together with rivets. The bronze band which went around the head is decorated with La Tène-style patterns.
No other headdresses from Iron Age Europe have been found in a grave. The discovery of this unusual burial led Dr Ian Stead at The British Museum to look again at other objects from Iron Age and Roman Britain. Another unusual Iron Age burial may also have contained a headdress very similar to those worn by some priests in Roman Britain over 200 years later. Were these Iron Age 'crowns' also only worn by priests (Druids) in the Iron Age? If so, was this person a warrior and a priest?