Ex­cep­tional Iron Age char­iot burial found

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

Re­cent work on a hous­ing es­tate at Pock­ling­ton, East York­shire, has ex­posed a re­mark­able Iron Age burial ground. Ex­ca­va­tions of a square bar­row have re­vealed the dis­man­tled re­mains of an Iron Age char­iot and its owner - her­alded as a truly ex­cep­tional dis­cov­ery. It marks the first time in 200 years that a burial has been dis­cov­ered where the de­ceased and his or her char­iot were ac­com­pa­nied by the ve­hi­cle’s means of propul­sion.

In an era when horse­power was of high im­por­tance, the burial re­flected this as the two ponies were art­fully ar­ranged along­side the char­iot, with its pole pass­ing be­tween their legs. This mo­men­tous find proved a fit­ting fi­nale for a dig that has had many ex­cit­ing finds.

Ex­ca­va­tion of the Pock­ling­ton char­iot burial in Fe­bru­ary 2017

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