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    A Late Iron Age Warrior Burial from Kelvedon, Essex (East Anglian Archaeology) (Paperback) By (author) Paul R. Sealey, Illustrated by Sue Holden

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    DescriptionIn 1982 Jim Bennett, an amateur archaeologist, excavated a late Iron Age warrior burial at Kelvedon in Essex. It was a discovery of national importance because there are so few warrior burials of the period. After the death of the excavator, the finds were dispersed but they were eventually assembled at Colchester Museums for exhibition, study and publication. The warrior was laid to rest c.7525 BC with a sword, spear and shield. His bronze scabbard is decorated uniquely with a strip of applied tin. Other finds included copper-alloy fittings from a tankard, and a bronze bowl from the Roman world. The style of fighting exemplified by Kelvedon developed on the European mainland in the 3rd century BC but was not adopted in Britain until much later. The Kelvedon shield boss and spear are the products of armourers who worked across the English Channel. The warrior might have been a Briton recruited to fight in the Gallic Wars or a Gaulish refugee from the conflict. Kelvedon is only the third Iron Age warrior burial from Britain with pottery, in this case a pair of Aylesford-Swarling pedestal urns. There is no consensus about when such pottery emerged in Britain and the start date is fully discussed in the report as part of the assessment of the date of the grave. Other topics addressed in the report include the incidence of warfare in late Iron Age Britain, the part warfare played in state formation and the social complexion of an Iron Age war band. The Kelvedon warrior was an elite fighter; he was not a typical Iron Age combatant because most other contemporary warriors had to make do with just a spear.


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    Title
    A Late Iron Age Warrior Burial from Kelvedon, Essex
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul R. Sealey, Illustrated by Sue Holden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 62
    Width: 208 mm
    Height: 295 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780950178172
    ISBN 10: 0950178179
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: JHBZ
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000, HIS002000
    LC classification: CC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKEAX
    DC22: 936.2, 936.26715
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKEAX
    Thema V1.0: JHBZ, NKD
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Colchester Museums
    Imprint name
    Colchester Museums
    Publication date
    31 December 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Colchester