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An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider In Tow Was Discovered In England

an iron age chariot with horse and rider in tow was discovered in england
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Researchers unearth an Iron Age chariot buried with two horses and rider at a construction site.

There have been more than 20 chariot graves discoveries over the past century. However, this new find in Yorkshire, England, is the only find that featured two horses and the rider.

What's more, the discovery forms part of one of the most important Iron Age funerary complexes found over the past half-century.

This discovery was made at a construction site in the town of Pocklington.

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Simon Usher, managing director at Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said:

"We can confirm that a [we've found] significant archaeological discovery, featuring an Iron Age horse-drawn chariot… at our development, The Mile in Pocklington."

In the site, researchers found artifacts, including a sword, shield, spears, brooches and pots.

Reports say the human remains were of a man in his late teens or twenties, who died with his sword by his side. Before his death, he had six spears pressed into him 'like a hedgehog.'

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an iron age chariot with horse and rider in tow was discovered in england
an iron age chariot with horse and rider in tow was discovered in england

A leading chariot burial expert, archaeologist, Dr. Melanie Giles of the University of Manchester explained:

"This discovery provides valuable additional evidence demonstrating how the Ancient Britons loved their chariots."

"As research progresses, it's becoming ever clearer just how important these beautiful high-status vehicles were to them."

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"Indeed, Roman historical sources even describe how the Iron Age Britons used their chariots to demonstrate driving skills. They also used these vehicles to show off and intimidate their enemies."

In a bizarre twist, 18 months earlier, archaeologists found a similar Iron Age chariot, along with two horses, at a different construction site in Pocklington. The latest find, however, had the rider included.

Archaeology Arts reported:

"[Burring the chariot was] part of a funerary practice that was not uncommon in the Iron Age.

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"However, the horses were a rather surprising addition for archaeologists."

The remains of the earlier discovery dated back to 500 B.C. It was also the first find of its kind in the last 200 years and one of only 26 such chariots ever excavated in the UK.

The Iron Age began around 1200-600 BC, depending on location, and it followed the collapse of the Bronze Age.

The introduction of iron and steel marked this era as durable materials for making weapons and tools across Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa.

Chariots, which were ceremonial and war vehicles, displayed the power and social status of their owners in the late Iron Age.