Iron Age horse trappings

A bigger picture

Graves, such as that at Wetwang, are very important for archaeologists as they provide sets of objects which the people who carried out the burial felt belonged together and which therefore give an insight into the beliefs of the culture. Finds of individual objects or groups of objects can be harder to interpret; the object may have been a religious offering or hidden for safe-keeping or simply lost. The most magnificent objects from Iron Age Britain have been found in this type of deposit. Many of them, especially those found in water, are thought to have been offerings to gods.

Horse harness from the Stanwick hoard


Horse trappings from Stanwick, North Yorkshire, deposited in a pit. AD 40 – 80.

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Horned helmet


A helmet from Waterloo in London, deposited in the river Thames. 150 – 50 BC.

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Holcombe mirror


A mirror from Holcombe in Devon, deposited in a pit. AD 30 – 70.

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Battersea shield


A shield from Battersea in London, deposited in the river Thames. 350 – 50 BC.

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The Snettisham Hoard


A hoard of gold, silver and electrum torcs (neck rings) from Snettisham in Norfolk, deposited in pits. 75 BC.

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Iron Age horse trappings