Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

The Enderby Shield

March 3, 2019

Leicestershire Fieldworkers


The Enderby Iron Age Shield

A talk by Matthew Beamish

Projects Manager, University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm

All Welcome, doors open at 7.00pm

Lecture Theatre 2, George Davies Centre, University of Leicester (on the corner of Lancaster Road and University Road, LE1 7HA)

In August 2015, ULAS excavated the remains of a bark object that had been deeply buried in the waterlogged fills of a substantial Iron Age pit on a field in Enderby. The object was soon identified as a bark shield dating from the Middle Iron Age. In this talk, Matthew Beamish will describe the many processes and analyses that have been undertaken on this unique object, including experimental work to create two new examples. We think this is the first bark shield to have been discovered in the northern hemisphere – a truly unique and exciting find.