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Celtic Warriors

Most Celtic warriors carried:
  • oval-shaped shields made from wood;
  • sharp spears with a wooden handle and iron tip;
  • long swords with an iron blade.
British Museum Witham Shield     Celtic sword and scabbard circa 60 BCE

They also used lime to shape their hair into spikes and tattooed their skin with patterns using a blue dye called woad (to scare their enemies and to help treat wounds).

Some even went into battle unprotected by helmets or armour, often fighting naked.