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Kelvedon Warrior (Colchester)

The warrior was buried in c. 75-25BC on a slope overlooking a late Iron Age village.

The Kelvedon warrior was an aristocrat. Most warriors of the period were not as well equipped, having to make do with a spear, and perhaps a shield as well. This warrior was buried with a large number of weapons.

What was found?

When excavated in 1998 archaeologists found;

  • 1 iron sword, `ritually’ bent and originally wrapped in cloth
  • 1 iron shield boss
  • 2 spearheads
  • 1 scabbard
  • 1 bronze sword
  • 1 large bronze bowl
  • A complete set of bronze fittings from a tankard
  • 2 pedestal urns and fragments possibly from a third urn
  • Fittings from a wooden structure

 Objects from the burial are on display at Colchester Castle.

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