Timeless are pleased to offer a rare 2000-year-old Iron Age Spearhead, one of a collection that became available on the UK antiquities market.
The Iron Age in Britain lasted from approximately 800 BC to the Roman invasion in 43 AD, and it was during this period that the Celts came to dominate the island. Although the term 'Celt' is somewhat imprecise and was not used by the people to describe themselves, it's commonly used today to refer to a collection of tribes sharing similar languages, cultures, and artistic styles.
Spearheads are among the most common artifacts found from this period, when iron became the most common material for making weapons and tools. As with this beautifully preserved piece, Celtic spearheads were typically leaf-shaped, with a broad, flat blade tapering to a point, and a cylndrical socket. Many spearheads also featured a metal loop or two close to the socket, which may have been used to further secure the spearhead to the wooden shaft.
Celtic spearhead could be produced in much larger quantities than bronze, due to the increased availability of iron, and are often found as grave-goods.
At around 32cm in length and mounted on aged oak, this stunning speahead is now available in the Timeless Galleries
STUNNING IRON AGE SPEARHEAD
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2021. Formerly in a private Buckinghamshire collection formed prior to 2000.