The shield was a warrior's first line of defense in battle.
Shields were made of wood. A silver boss was normally at the center and allowed for a handle on the other side. A leather strip over the front would have cushioned blows. The wealthy and the fortunate scavengers might have an iron-plated version.
Shields were not uniformly shaped or designed. However, they were consistently used by the British, Pictish, Irish, and Germanic peoples. They were often individually designed.