Both before and after the Roman conquest, it was common practice of Celtic peoples to offer miniature weapons at shrines or in a body of water, such as lakes, springs, rivers, and bogs. This ritual is possibly to be associated with success in war, or with the appeasement of a warrior deity for good harvest or health.
Bronze Age Miniature Votive Shield
A flat, discoid, miniature shield made of bronze, with a U-shaped grip to the underside. This unusual item presumably served a votive function, as it is too large in diameter to be a button or stud.
Period: Bronze Age
Condition: Fine condition.