The Witham Shield is an Iron Age decorative bronze shield facing of La Tène style, dating from about the 4th century BC. The shield was discovered in the River Witham in the vicinity of Washingborough and Fiskerton in Lincolnshire, England in 1826. Further excavations at a nearby site have revealed posts interpreted as the foundation for a causeway, as well as artifacts including a sword, spears and part of a human skull with a sword fragment lodged within
Mycenaean warriors disembark their war ship. The attack on Troy was likely to have been an historical event, given the power of the folk memory that eventually gave birth to the poetic epic of 'The Iliad', although little archeological or contemporary written recorded evidence of a Mycenean confederation actually exists.