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The Celtic Warrior To start with the typical Celtic warrior was male Even hints that armed females existed are extremely rare Not a single instance of a female burial containing a shield or a sword has yet been uncovered About 50 percent of the males about 25 of the total population were buried with weapons Caesar in his report about the Helvetian census tells us that of about 350000 people about 90000 carried arms which amounts to about 25 of the Helvetian population that decided to move into Gaul A Celtic warriors basic equipment consisted of a set of one to four spears One was a 18 meters long fighting spear called a lancea that sometimes had very large spearheads of up to 50 centimetres in length The others were shorter throwing spears called gaesum with relatively small normally shorter than 10 centimetres long spearheads A warrior also had a large--about 12 meter high and 05 meters wide--leather-covered wooden shield with a metal shield-boss This was likely to have been decorated with painting and sometimes metal ornamentation With this basic equipment the average warrior usually wore his everyday clothing consisting of trousers a shirt and a mantle A must for the Celtic noble besides his torc neck ring was a long-sword with a blade-length of about 08 to 1 meter Those from the early period had definite swordpoints enabling them to be used for slashing and piercing In the later period these swords often had rounded points that allowed only slashing attacks In rare cases especially in finds from the eastern Celtic world such swords had anthropomorphic handles the pommel most often cast from bronze in the form of a human head Additionally the typical noble warrior probably wore armor and helmet all made from leather Depending on how rich they were nobles might have equipment such as helmets made from bronze or iron often elaborately decorated with ornamentation and inlays of coral
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