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.
Iron Age Collections