The Kirkburn Sword. Iron Age, 300-200 BC. From a burial at Kirkburn, East Yorkshire, England. Proabably the finest Iron Age sword in Europe. At this time in the Iron Age (300-200 BC) few people were buried in graves when they died. However, East Yorkshire was an exception and this sword was found in a grave excavated by British Museum archaeologists in 1987. The sword was found in Grave 3. It was buried with a man who was in his late 20s or early 30s when he died. The British Museum.
The art style is known as the 'La Tène' style and was used by Celtic peoples throughout Europe. Art motifs include a range of curvilinear patterns and stylised animal heads. These motifs were used to decorate sword scabbards, spearheads and personal ornaments such as brooches (fibula). Art can also be found on stones such as that from Derrykeighan, County Antrim.