Recently, a researcher team from University of Leicester uncovered the bronze fitting of the remains of an elaborate Iron Age chariot that is believed to date back to the 2nd or 3rd Century B.C. The chariot, discovered at the Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, was buried as a religious offering, archaeologists said.
“We unearthed the most remarkable discovery of material at Burrough Hill in the time span of 5 years since we worked on the site. Certainly, it’s a very rare discovery, and a strong sign of the stature of the site. The atmosphere of the site on the discovery day was a mix of ‘extremely thrilled’ and slightly ‘shell-shocked’.” One of the archaeologists told, “I have been excavating from past 25 years and I have never discovered such pieces. It’s a once-in-a-career discovery.”
It all started when the team members were digging in a large pit near a house on the settlement. One of us found a bronze piece, and later on we discovered the full bounty collected nearby. After cleaning, the pieces had clear, elaborate markings.
Nora Battermann, one of the researchers who made the discovery stated that, “Knowing that I was actually unearthing a hoard, which was vigilantly laid hundred of years ago and we took a lifetime to discover them. Seeing the object after cleaning makes me even prouder, and I can’t wait for them to go on display.”
Moreover, the researchers said that we were not expecting that the fittings were buried with the chariot’s attached; they appear to have been boxed up with other items near and dear to the deceased. Iron tools were also found nearby, some of which appeared to have clear equestrian uses.