At first glance the Witham Shield is covered in swirls and curls, maybe a cow or two. However, on closer inspection most of that swirling form is a series of birds and beasts carefully crafted by Iron Age Britons. There's even a boar that was almost lost to the passages of time, and it is WAY bigger than you think it is.
New series DECODED starts with curator of the European Iron Age Julia Farley decoding her favourite object in the British Museum - the Witham Shield - an British Iron Age shield found when the River Witham in 1826.
Every one of the 8 million objects in the British Museum's Collection has a fascinating story waiting to be discovered. This is just a small sample of those stories, brought to life by the curators, conservators, scientists and artists who work to uncover our collective pasts.