Warwickshire in 100 Objects: Iron Age Miniature Bronze Shield

This shield is dated to between 100 BC and AD 50, it was made in the period just before the Romans arrived in Britain in AD 43. It is a miniaturised version of the full-sized shields being used by people in this area of the Midlands. It is made of bronze and decorated with incised lines and punched dots, the central boss is pushed out from the back to produce a dome. There is even a mini handle on the back.

Found using a metal detector in the area around Alcester. The shield was acquired by Warwickshire Museum with the assistance of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.