Archaeologists discover bronze remains of Iron Age chariot
Leicester archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery of the decorated bronze remains of an Iron Age chariot.
A team from the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History has unearthed a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a 2nd or 3rd century BC chariot which appears to have been buried as a religious offering.
Taken together, the pieces are easily recognisable as a matching set of bronze fittings from a mid to late Iron Age chariot. As a group of two or more base metal prehistoric artefacts this assemblage is covered under the Treasure Act.
After careful cleaning, decorative patterns are clearly visible in the metalwork – including a triskele motif showing three waving lines, similar to the flag of the Isle of Man.
The Burrough Hill excavation was undertaken to a detailed research design with the consent of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (advised by English Heritage), and the permission of the Ernest Cook Trust (landowners), and Leicestershire County Council (site management).