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U.K. Researchers Find Rare Burial Chariot
Associated Press ^ | Dec 03, 2003 | Sue Leeman

Posted on 12/03/2003 9:22:54 PM PST by witnesstothefall

LONDON, Dec 03, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- After 2,500 years, the chariot's wheels remain intact, complete with their iron tires. Inside lie the remains of a man in his 30s, believed to be a tribal chief.

Workers constructing a highway through northern England have unearthed a "rare and nationally significant" Iron Age burial chamber containing a two-wheeled chariot and its owner, archaeologists said Wednesday.

Oxford Archaeology, an independent archaeological practice investigating the find, said it was the first chariot burial to be found so far inland. The similarity to contemporary French burials "indicates some form of contact and exchange between the continent (of Europe) and Britain during the middle Iron Age," about which little is known.

"Insights gained will make a significant addition to our understanding of the burial rites of the period, and help us to understand a wide range of other elements of cultural exchange," the group said on its Web site.

The remains were discovered by workers constructing the new A1 motorway at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire, northern England.

Archaeologists are now excavating the chariot's wheels, complete with iron tires, which are in a good condition. The wooden axle has completely decayed, but its position has been identified as a long narrow stain in the soil.

Inside the chariot, a man lies on his back, his legs flexed. He is surrounded by a number of well-preserved bronze and iron objects, some of which are likely to be horse harnesses.

Surrounding the grave are the remains of at least 250 cattle, which archaeologists say were probably slaughtered for a funeral feast.

Oxford Archaeology said from 500 B.C. to 400 B.C., chariot burial was practiced by a tribe known as the Arras, who came to England from France. The practice was reserved for high-ranking figures.

The chariot was placed in a large oval pit in the center of a square ditch, which would originally have been covered by a low earth mound.

Archaeologists say square ditches were more popular in continental Europe and the latest find is most similar to others found in France's Champagne-Ardennes region and the Mosel region of Germany.

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On the Net:

Oxford Archaeology, http://www.oxfordarch.co.uk


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: archaeology; economic; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history
For the antiquities crowd....
1 posted on 12/03/2003 9:22:55 PM PST by witnesstothefall
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Gods, Graves, Glyphs
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2 posted on 12/03/2003 9:25:46 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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3 posted on 12/03/2003 9:27:12 PM PST by shamusotoole
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To: witnesstothefall
Surrounding the grave are the remains of at least 250 cattle, which archaeologists say were probably slaughtered for a funeral feast.

Origin of the Atkins diet?

4 posted on 12/03/2003 9:28:57 PM PST by WackyKat
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5 posted on 12/03/2003 9:43:37 PM PST by blam
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6 posted on 12/04/2003 4:13:38 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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"We taped Hornblower. Did you like these latest episodes??"

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7 posted on 12/04/2003 8:30:10 AM PST by blam
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To: witnesstothefall
Hmmm...that's funny...Muttly's chariot wheels are iron, too.

Was the Raccoon-tail still on the rear bumper ?
8 posted on 12/04/2003 8:36:05 AM PST by PoorMuttly (DO, or DO NOT. There is no TRY - Yoda)
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Ancient equivalent of being buried in one's Corvette. ;)

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9 posted on 12/04/2003 7:15:22 PM PST by madison10
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10 posted on 02/06/2004 5:04:18 PM PST by carpio
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Surrounding the grave are the remains of at least 250 cattle, which archaeologists say were probably slaughtered for a funeral feast. <<<

Origin of the Atkins diet?

Or Mad Cow. :-/

11 posted on 02/06/2004 5:07:46 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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