Archaeology, finds, crafts, weapons and recreations of the Iron Age
Waterloo Helmet (by British Museum) - The "Waterloo Helmet" is an example of a ceremonial horned helmet from Celtic La Tene culture. The helmet was originally decorated with pieces of red glass, and would have been even more visually striking when it was made. It is impractical for use in combat, and was probably only used for ceremo...
Greek Macedonian sarissa pike, 4th century B.C. This had to be installed at the end of a typical long phalanx spear poles, much longer than the typical hoplite spears. The size and design of the general leaf blade is typical Greek of this period. Weapons still has its original mounting hole in the shaft, where it would be attached to a long wooden pole
Chalcidian helmet, Ibero-Celtic variant, 5th century B.C. This rare helmet belongs to a group of 17 helmets, which were discovered in a cliff deposit (intentionally destroyed and stuck between cracks in the rock) presumably in the Spanish province of Soria (Castille-Leon). To this day, the type and date are not precisely known, 37 cm high Private collection, from Hermann Historica auction
The Plains of Jars. Thousands of giant stone jars are scattered around the Xieng Khouang plain in Laos. Excavation by Lao and Japanese archaeologists has supported the conclusion that these were funeral megaliths, with the discovery of human remains, burial goods and ceramics found in association with the stone jars. The Plain of Jars is dated to the Iron Age (500 BCE to 500 CE). Image: Anne Murray.