‘Unique’ Iron Age defense detected in Leicestershire

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The defense was recorded due to being left in a waterlogged pit

A 2,300-year-old Iron Age defense has been suggested by archaeologists.

Found during a puncture nearby Leicester in 2015 and antiquated to between 395 and 255BC, a defense was done of embellished bark, corroborated by wooden spars.

Analysis showed it had been badly damaged, substantially by spears and edged weapons, before being left in a pit.

Experts pronounced a defense gave an “unparalleled” discernment into antiquated technology.

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A reformation showed a defense was light and surprisingly strong

The shield, that totalled 670 x 370mm (26ins x 15ins), was found on a Everards Meadows site nearby a M1 by University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) archaeologists.

The bellow used was from possibly alder, willow, poplar, hazel or shaft and a stiffening spars were done of apple, pear, quince or hawthorn.

The defense had a edge of separate hazel rod and a boss, to strengthen a hand, woven from a willow core.

Iron Age

  • In Britain, dating from 800BC to AD43
  • Iron collection softened cultivation and industry
  • There were incomparable settlements and a some-more worldly multitude developed
  • Seen as finale with a Roman defeat of Britain

Mike Bamforth, from a University of York, used CT scanning and 3D copy to assistance exhibit a secrets.

He said: “This truly startling and forlorn artefact has given us an discernment into antiquated record that we could never have guessed at.

“Being partial of a group operative to provoke detached a formidable secrets of a shield’s construction has been impossibly engaging and rewarding.”

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Archaeologists pronounced such shields competence have been common in a Iron Age though their organic materials meant they frequency survived.

A reformation showed that while it was not as clever as plain wooden ones, a defense could stop blows effectively and had a advantage of being intensely light.

The British Museum, that will store a shield, described it as a “absolutely unusual object”.

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