“He exceeded all our expectations.” Researchers to show found Iron Age shield for the first time

The Iron Age shield will be on public display for the first time since it was discovered in East Yorkshire in 2016.

The shield was found in the burial of a high-status man, along with the skeletons of horses and the remains of a chariot, on the territory of a residential complex in Pocklington. It is believed that some parts of the burial date back to about 800 BC, writes BBC News.

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In addition to the shield exhibition, there will be an official presentation of a new book dedicated to the finds.

Archaeologist Paula Weir said the bronze shield was found in a huge grave containing the skeleton of a man. In all likelihood, he was of high status and lived between 220 and 300 BC.

The man, who was buried along with two horses and a chariot, was placed on a shield according to an elaborate Iron Age ritual.

“We had no idea how amazing the shield was until 18 months after the conservation period – it exceeded all our expectations,” the researcher added.

After showing at Thursday’s book launch, the shield will be temporarily on display at the Malton Museum in April.

Previously , Focus wrote about a rare Viking sword that was assembled like a puzzle . It is known that the decor of the sword hilt includes elements of the typical animal style of the Late Iron Age, as well as geometric figures made of silver.

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