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'Unique' Iron Age bark shield discovered

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A 2,300-year-old Iron Age shield has been revealed by archaeologists.

Found during a dig near Leicester in 2015 and dated to between 395 and 255BC, the shield was made of painted bark, backed by wooden spars.

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

Experts said the shield gave an "unparalleled" insight into prehistoric technology.



A unique 2,300-year-old bark shield found near Enderby in Leicestershire. This model shows the shield as it was found in the ground before lifting and conservation.



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Fantastic, we all love to see the gold and shiny artifacts but this is something else.

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