Iron Age, 350-50 BC
Found in the River Thames at Battersea Bridge, London, England, the celts weren't limited to Wales or Scotland.
The Battersea shield Used for ceremonial purposes, made of bronze and red glass with typical celtic circles similar to "la tene" style.
The Battersea shield was not made for serious warfare. It is too short to provide sensible protection. The thin metal sheet and the complicated decoration would be easily destroyed if the shield was hit by a sword or spear. Instead, it was probably made for flamboyant display. The highly polished bronze and glinting red glass would have made for a great spectacle. It was finally thrown or placed in the River Thames, where many weapons were offered as sacrifices in the Bronze Age and Iron Age.
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