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Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed at Yorkshire building site


Two horse skeletons and the remains of a chariot dating back to the Iron Age have been found on a housing development in East Yorkshire.

Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed at Yorkshire building site
Archaeologists work on the horse and chariot remains. The find is the first of its kind in the last 200 years and one
 of only 26 ever excavated in the UK. It has been described as a find of 'international significance'
[Credit: David Wilson Homes]
Archaeologists started working on the Pocklington site in 2014 and have excavated more than 75 burial graves, known as barrows.

They described the latest find as "highly unusual".

Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed at Yorkshire building site
The two skeletons can be seen in the foreground of this image, while one of the chariot's wheels
 is seen behind them [Credit: David Wilson Homes]
Other finds include human skeletons, including a "young warrior", swords, spears and shields.

Those working at the excavation site said current investigations were looking into how the chariot and horses might be linked to human burials.

Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed at Yorkshire building site
The Arras culture is associated with east Yorkshire and is defined by its strange burial practices, which include burials
 in round and square graves. Only the rich and powerful members of Arran society were buried with chariots 
[Credit: David Wilson Homes]
They said further testing and analysis was expected to reveal more information.

Paula Ware, from MAP Archaeological Practice, said the latest find could help shed more light on the ritual of Iron Age burial.

Iron Age chariot and horses unearthed at Yorkshire building site
More than 75 graves known as barrows have been unearthed at the site 
[Credit: David Wilson Homes]
She said the proximity of the horse skeletons to the chariot suggested the animals played a crucial role in the burial ceremony.

Ms Ware added that the "rare discovery" would widen understanding of the Arras culture - a group of people who lived in the region at the time.

Source: BBC News Website [March 29, 2017]
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