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Iron Age shield found in Pocklington

Started by gash, December 06, 2019, 12:15:48 pm

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After centuries underground, the dirt-encrusted object gave little hint of what it would reveal.

But painstaking conservation work has revealed what experts are now hailing as "the most important British Celtic art object of the millennium".
The remarkably well preserved bronze shield, with a swirling pattern design, formed part of a unique chariot burial, which also contained the upright skeletons of two ponies found on a building site at Pocklington in 2018.
Its owner, a highly regarded member of his community, was in his late 40s or older when he died, between 320BC to 174BC.

He was given a spectacular send-off, with his body placed in the chariot behind the horses, placed to look as if they were leaping out of the grave.

The type of burial has no parallels in the UK. Intriguingly, a similar-looking chariot burial with horse skeletons,dating to the third or fourth century BC was discovered in 2013 in Svestari in north-east Bulgaria.

Full story here :  https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/heritage/iron-age-shield-found-in-pocklington-is-one-of-most-important-ancient-finds-this-millennium-1-10137418/amp
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