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Weapons and Warriors


Many Celts went into battle unprotected by helmets or armour. They often fought naked - and it's believed that women fought as well.

"[The Celts] wear bronze helmets with figures picked out on them, even horns, which made them look even taller than they already are...while others cover themselves with breast-armour made out of chains. But most content themselves with the weapons nature gave them: they go naked into battle...Weird, discordant horns were sounded, [they shouted in chorus with their] deep and harsh voices, they beat their swords rhythmically against their shields.”
Written by Diodorus, a Roman historian

Celtic warriors carried long, or oval shaped shields, spears, daggers and long slashing swords made of iron.

The Celtic warrior's deadliest weapon was his long sword, which he whirled around his head and brought crashing down on the enemy.

Celtic shields were made of oak, probably covered in hide or felt, and had a central strip of iron.


Some Celtic warriors used lime (like we use hair mousse today) to dress their hair into spikes and tattooed their skin with blue dye, called woad (the name Picts comes from the Latin for 'painted people').

Some warriors decorated their bodoes with blue dye from the woad plant.


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