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Iron Age leader and his chariot found in motorway excavation
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12/03/2003 | Paul Stokes

Posted on 12/06/2003 6:39:15 PM PST by Cicero

Iron Age leader and his chariot found in motorway excavation By Paul Stokes (Filed: 03/12/2003)

Archaeologists working at the site of a £250 million motorway upgrading scheme have discovered the remains of an Iron Age leader buried in his chariot.

The find could provide a valuable insight into customs and social standings in pre-Roman northern England.

Carbon dating suggests the funeral took place between 400 and 500BC with evidence of a huge feast.

Chariot burial was reserved for people of high rank among the Parisii tribe, who lived in what is now east Yorkshire. They originated from northern France and gave the French capital its name.

Only a handful of such graves have been found. The latest discovery is only the second where the chariot was buried intact. It was 12 inches down in a ploughed field by the cooling towers of Ferrybridge power station, close to the intersection of the A1 and M62 in West Yorkshire.

Neil Redfern, English Heritage's inspector of ancient monuments for the county, said: "It has tremendous importance, posing all sorts of questions about what was happening in our country 2,500 years ago."

An archaeologist noticed the tops of the chariot's iron-bound wheels as earth moving machinery was being operated. The bones of its owner, whose age has been determined at between 30 and 40, and metal "tyres" of the 3ft spoked wheels remained in place. They were in a cavity hewn from the limestone.

Although the wooden chariot has rotted away, it has left stains and hollows which perfectly outline its shape.

Iron and bronze harness fittings have been recovered as well as grave goods, including an iron spear head and the bones of pork joints, probably offerings to the gods.

Angela Boyle, who is supervising the dig for the specialist group Oxford Archaeology, said thousands of cattle bones from the feast suggested "a person of great power who was revered by a large number of people".

Her team has carried out an emergency rescue dig before the bulldozers return and the grave disappears under an embankment.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: archaeology; economic; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history
For all you Archaeology lovers in the forum.

Sounds to me as if this guy was a conservative. In any case, he was not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination.

1 posted on 12/06/2003 6:39:15 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Cicero
Sounds like that the bravery and steadfastness DNA left France with the Parissii when they migrated to Britain. Probably why the French have such a wimpish attitude now.
2 posted on 12/06/2003 6:43:57 PM PST by GreyFriar (3rd Armored Division -- Spearhead)
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To: Cicero
Iron Age leader and his chariot found in motorway excavation

This guy was way ahead of his time. Imagine, perfectly positioning your conveyance to use a future road. Amazing!

3 posted on 12/06/2003 6:44:22 PM PST by jimkress (America has become Soviet Union Lite)
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To: Cicero
I like reading this kind of stuff. Perhaps he was probably a 500 BC version of Gen. Patton. They probably made all the Deanie-Boppers of that day clean the latrines
4 posted on 12/06/2003 7:07:19 PM PST by rface (Ashland, Missouri -)
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To: Cicero; shaggy eel
Can Muttly have "bones of pork joints" when scientists are finished ?
5 posted on 12/06/2003 7:25:51 PM PST by PoorMuttly (DO, or DO NOT. There is no TRY - Yoda)
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To: Cicero
I've always enjoyed reading about such discoveries, but it amuses me how anything ever found that can't be explained, such as the pork bones, are always ascribed to religious signifigance. An author pointed this out to me years ago, and if you pay attention it is always the case. Example; in ten thousand years archeologists dig up the golden arches- "This civilization obviously worshipped the great god Ronald McDonald".
6 posted on 12/06/2003 7:33:11 PM PST by somemoreequalthanothers
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To: PoorMuttly
They have been buried for a long time Muttly. They probably wouldn't taste any good.

Here are some nice fresh ones though.


7 posted on 12/06/2003 7:45:42 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (My ex is saying that I have become hostile. I wonder why Speed-bump would think that?)
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To: somemoreequalthanothers
thousands of cattle bones from the feast suggested "a person of great power who was revered by a large number of people".

That was my favorite bit. It reminded me of Bush's Thanksgiving visit to the troops in Baghdad. Sounds as if a great time was had by all.

8 posted on 12/06/2003 7:46:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: PoorMuttly
Will you accept a virtual bone?
9 posted on 12/06/2003 7:47:22 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: somemoreequalthanothers
Every thing that cannot be identified or who's use is not perfectly clear is put in one of two categories. "Religious object" or "toys". From the number of those objects found it seems our ancestors spent all of their time either praying or playing. I have to wonder when they found the time to get the crops in.
10 posted on 12/06/2003 7:53:22 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (My ex is saying that I have become hostile. I wonder why Speed-bump would think that?)
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To: Cicero
Its a pretty good bet nobody was making iron and bronze (or even wheels) in this country 2500 years ago.
11 posted on 12/06/2003 7:53:54 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Cicero
That there was one hell of a traffic jam, even by Brit standards!
12 posted on 12/06/2003 7:59:16 PM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket???)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear; Cicero
YUM!

Muttly gratefully accept virtually ANY bones !
13 posted on 12/06/2003 8:01:50 PM PST by PoorMuttly (DO, or DO NOT. There is no TRY - Yoda)
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To: Cicero
Archaeologists working at the site of a £250 million motorway upgrading scheme have discovered the remains of an Iron Age leader buried in his chariot.

Perhaps they should abandon this highway project, obviously people have been dying on this roadway since the Iron Age 2500 years ago!

;-)

14 posted on 12/06/2003 8:14:28 PM PST by RJL
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To: Cicero
bump
15 posted on 12/06/2003 8:21:20 PM PST by VOA
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To: RJL
obviously people have been dying on this roadway since the Iron Age

Of course, it appears they haven't repaved it in 2500 years.

16 posted on 12/06/2003 8:33:22 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Cicero
"Sounds to me as if this guy was a conservative. In any case, he was not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination."

He wasn't a member of PETA either.

17 posted on 12/06/2003 8:35:58 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Cicero
Seems more like he was a pig thief who was dumb enough to stampede a herd of cattle and got trampled into a crevice in the rock under the ground.
18 posted on 12/06/2003 8:38:45 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: Cicero
Sounds to me as if this guy was a conservative.

Certainly not a Metro sexual and in 500 BC Liberalism<>survival.

19 posted on 12/06/2003 8:38:51 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Proud member - Neoconservative Power Vortex)
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To: Cicero
"...he was not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination."

Correct.

Meat eater. Check.
Weapons user. Check.
Vehicular travel. Check.
Animal husbandry. Check.
Stratified society. Check.

Final proof:

"a person of great power who was revered by a large number of people."

All known lefties with power are corrupt, despised and usually end up with defiled graves.
20 posted on 12/06/2003 8:43:18 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (DEFUND NPR & PBS - THE AMERICAN PRAVDA)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
All known lefties with power are corrupt, despised and usually end up with defiled graves.

Yeah, that's why Wilson, Truman, and FDR are hated by the masses and rest in a field of cowflop. /sarcasm

21 posted on 12/06/2003 8:49:02 PM PST by Zeroisanumber
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To: Cicero
" Iron Age leader and his chariot found in motorway excavation"

Yeah...he was trying to find his way out of one of those stupid English round-abouts.

22 posted on 12/06/2003 11:15:08 PM PST by spokeshave (Cancel the San Jose Merc and the one way truck to NV)
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To: Zeroisanumber
Give the conservative gains some time to work. We'll get there. Wilson is unknown except to the minority in this country that reads. FDR and Truman have been gone less than 60 years. We'll build roads over their graves in a lot less time than 2,500 years.
23 posted on 12/07/2003 6:01:32 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (DEFUND NPR & PBS - THE AMERICAN PRAVDA)
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To: blam
Fyi bump
24 posted on 12/07/2003 10:28:50 AM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
Got it, thanks.
25 posted on 12/07/2003 10:37:56 AM PST by blam
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To: Cicero; blam
Here's a link to Oxford's Archaeology site's article about the chariot find.

The West Yorkshire Chariot Burial

26 posted on 12/07/2003 10:49:33 AM PST by csvset
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
I've never understood how most found objects at arc sites are either from "fertility rites" or were for religious rituals etc. until, I met a few of the people who dig them up. They are long on various theories expounded in our universities and often short on actual real life experiences. Also follow the funding, digs that just uncover regular boring household items are not exciting and less likely to get the money. As a result I am being cremated.
27 posted on 12/07/2003 10:50:55 AM PST by tertiary01
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To: Cicero
Kinda reminds me of those guys who get buried in their Buicks...
28 posted on 12/07/2003 11:08:37 AM PST by Preech1 (It's beginning to look alot like CHRISTmas...but not everywhere I go.. sadly...)
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To: tertiary01
I want a Viking funeral. They can have a bar-b-que, float me out to sea on a long boat, my bow and sword at my side and then set the whole thing on fire.
29 posted on 12/07/2003 11:13:28 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (My ex is saying that I have become hostile. I wonder why Speed-bump would think that?)
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To: Zeroisanumber
Give us time. First we have got to get off the dime, FDR that is.
30 posted on 12/07/2003 11:22:51 AM PST by narses ("The do-it-yourself Mass is ended. Go in peace" Francis Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
The "authorities" will then declared you a water pollutant and possible super fund site and your poor relatives will have to pay for the clean up.
31 posted on 12/07/2003 11:45:30 AM PST by tertiary01
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To: tertiary01
Can I designate which relative should get the bill in my will?:)

They just need to do it more then twenty miles out. Nice boat trip. I will ascend to the heavens on fiery wings.

32 posted on 12/07/2003 11:57:07 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (My ex is saying that I have become hostile. I wonder why Speed-bump would think that?)
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To: Cicero; *Gods, Graves, Glyphs
Just adding this to the GGG homepage, not sending a general distribution.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on or off the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.

33 posted on 07/21/2004 7:54:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: Cicero
Maybe he was related to this Race:

Archaeological Dig Uncovers Ancient Race Of Skeleton People
34 posted on 07/21/2004 8:27:34 AM PDT by KillTime
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