‘Phenomenal’ 2,300-year-old bark shield found in Leicestershire

Archaeologists hail iron age object a ‘marvellous, internationally important find’

An “astonishing and unparalleled” 2,300-year-old shield made of tree bark has been discovered in Leicestershire, the only example of its kind ever found in Europe.

Archaeologists say the discovery of the shield, made between 395 and 250BC, has completely overturned assumptions about the weapons used in the iron age, sparking breathless reactions among experts of the period.

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‘Phenomenal’ 2,300-year-old bark shield found in Leicestershire