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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?

Iron Age Britain was a creative time

Mirrors are probably not an object you’d associate with the Celts, but they were known for their exquisite craftmanship – making jewellery and weapons out of silver, gold and bronze. Mirrors have been found in British Iron Age burials dating between 100 BC and AD 100. !is bronze example was found in a burial in Great Chesterford, Essex, and is decorated with typical Celtic patterns. The front was polished to enable the owner to see their reflection and it had a handle.

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