Weight of Celtic shield (and ancient shields in general)

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Weight of Celtic shield (and ancient shields in general)

Postby Thearos » 26 Jun 2013 00:12

Just noticed, on a site which makes replicas, the weight of a Celtic shield (flat board, barleycorn boss, metal boss)-- 20 kgs. It does seem a bit heavy for swordplay. What's wrong here ?
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Re: Weight of Celtic shield (and ancient shields in general)

Postby Thearos » 26 Jun 2013 00:19

Oh I see, it's an Indian-made replica.
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Re: Weight of Celtic shield (and ancient shields in general)

Postby Dan Howard » 29 Jun 2013 14:07

The heaviest shields that I know of were the larger Roman scutums. One was found at Fayoum, Egypt, and another at Doncaster. Replicas of both were made independently and they both ended up weighing around 10 kg. Celtic shields wouldn't be his heavy but some of their long spined shields might be close.
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Re: Weight of Celtic shield (and ancient shields in general)

Postby Jamie » 16 Aug 2013 15:06

I didn't know any roman shields had actually survived!
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Re: Weight of Celtic shield (and ancient shields in general)

Postby Dan Howard » 22 Aug 2013 14:02

Connolly's Greece and Rome at War has some good info. The La Tene long-spined Celtic shields are on pp. 118-119 and apparently weigh around 6-7 kg. The Roman scutums are on p. 131
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