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The Battersea Shield was found in the area around Chelsea Bridge, London.    Dated to 350 BC, it seems that an object this elaborate would belong to a member of the warrior elite or even a Celtic chief.    The Battersea shield is from the La Tene era which is characterised by the spirals, circles, interwoven knots and lattices that remain in modern Celtic art.

Top 10 Historical Celtic Artifacts

The Battersea Shield was found in the area around Chelsea Bridge, London. Dated to 350 BC, the Battersea shield is from the La Tene era which is characterised by the spirals, circles, interwoven knots and lattices that remain in modern Celtic art.

Detail from the Ancient Celtic Battersea Shield, 1st century BC or early 1st century AD, made of a sheet of bronze. It is one of the most significant pieces of ancient Celtic military equipment found in Britain.  Courtesy & currently located at the British Museum, London. Photo taken by Jorge Royan

Detail from the Ancient Celtic Battersea Shield, century BC or early century AD, made of a sheet of bronze. It is one of the most significant pieces of ancient Celtic military equipment found in Britain. Currently located at the British Museum, London.

“Wandsworth” shield, Ireland 2nd century b.c.

Wandsworth Shield La Tene Style, British Museum > A Celtic copper round shield found in the River Thames at Wandsworth in London sometime before It was created around the century BC.

Celtic shield, 4th century BC. Discovered in a river near Witham. Originally it depicted a boar made out of leather, riveted to the frontispiece. Unusual for the UK,  it was backed with wood so it could withstand the onslaught of battle, unlike other shields which were more ceremonial. La Tene artwork, with animal & plant like decoration inlayed with red coral, probably from the Mediterranean, unusual for British artifacts, as coral was very rare, & glass tended to be used as a substitute.

Top 10 Amazing Celtic Treasures

This beautiful shield, dated to the century BC, is where the warrior…

Shield of the Druid Ranger +1 AC when worn by a Druid +1 AC when worn by a Ranger  +4 AC when worn by a dual class Druid/Ranger  Crafted by the Legendary Elven shieldsmith Donavalli as a Masterwork item, the shield was enchanted by the High Priestess Aeli'ethli for the Prince of House N'hell (a Ranger) for his campaign against the Great Wyrm Jarlgnaghnon, and also later by the Guildmaster Bhatennonym for the Prince's illegitimate Grandson (a Druid) the future heir to the throne.

Emblazon your walls with the legendary shield of faith that Celtic warriors carried into battle! Our exclusive, medieval-style, nearly foot-and-a-half tall replica is cast in quality designer resin and hand-painted

British Museum - The Battersea shield. Iron Age, c. 350–50 BC. Found in the River Thames, London, England. #Celts

Family programme for the British Museum special exhibition Celts: art and identity.

CELTIC ORNAMENT 3RD BCE-1ST CE Enamelled ornamental piece from a horse harness British Museum, London, Great Britain

Celtic Ornament CE Enamelled ornamental piece from a horse harness British Museum, London, Great Britain

Like the Romans, and most ancient warriors, the Celts used shields in battle. These were usually oval, as the photo on the right shows (this is the back of a shield), but they could be rectangular, circular, or hexagonal.

Back of the Chertsey shield shows the horizontal grip which was typical to all Celtic shields, as well as Roman shields.

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