Friday, January 27, 2012

Ancient Rome and the Scottish Celts

Scotland 80AD. We read in the writings of Tacitus, that the celts were a backward, barbaric race.

Anything civilized in the country came from Rome.

Yet look at the craftsmanship in this beaten copper shield. (Dated 200BC)

It was obviously nailed onto a wooden back for strength, maybe even had a spike in the middle boss.

The celtic swirls and leaf pattern is mirror image perfect.

The simple act of making the beaten copper sheet to begin with is quite astonishing for something that is 2200 years old.

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