Iron Age horse trappings

For the classroom

Iron Age horse trappings


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Linchpins from the chariot-burial of a man; Kirkburn, Yorkshire.

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Rein rings


Rein rings or terrets from Westhall, Suffolk.

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Related objects


The objects found in the chariot burial at Wetwang have not been well preserved.

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Strap union


Photo showing how a strap union is used.

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Roman coin


A Roman coin showing an Iron Age chariot and warrior.

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Wetwang chariot reconstruction

Source: bbc.co.uk

A BBC History animation showing how the chariot reconstruction was built, followed by a quiz. This is very detailed, but demonstrates the sophistication of the chariot.

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/trail/archaeology/wetwang/act_chariot_entry.shtml

Wetwang grave


A diagram of the Wetwang grave from the British Museum website.

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Metal object x-rays

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC clip from Meet the Ancestors Revisited with x-rays of metal objects (1.10 mins).

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018rfd1

Outside the classroom

Here is a selection of museums with relevant collections.

Hull and East Riding Museum

Source: hullcc.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/portal/page?_pageid=221,631546&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Yorkshire Museum

Source: yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

The Boudica Gallery at Norwich Castle Museum

Source: museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/The_Boudica_Gallery/index.htm

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org

Iron Age horse trappings