A unique shield from the Iron Age has been put on display at Malton Museum.
The historical artefact was found in 2018 at a Persimmon Homes site dig in Pocklington – where it had previously lain undiscovered for more than 2,400 years.
The shield will be displayed at Malton Museum until 29 April, before going to its final home with the East Riding Museum Service.
Called ‘the most important British Celtic art object of the millennium’ by Melanie Giles of Manchester University, the shield was found in a chariot burial – which are unique to the East Yorkshire area.
It was discovered face down on the chariot with the body of a man placed on top, and the skeletons of two ponies still attached to the chariot.
The shield is a very rare find, and only a few other complete Celtic shields are held in the British Museum – so don’t miss your chance to see this one in Yorkshire!
The Pocklington Shield will be displayed in a temporary exhibition at Malton Museum from 1 to 29 April. The exhibition opening hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10:30am – 3:30pm
To find out more, visit the Malton Museum website.