London: Archaeologists of the University of Leicester discovered some bronze parts of an ancient chariot on a hill in the Midlands, the university said Tuesday.
University of Leicester said a team from the university’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History unearthed some bronze remains from a Celtic chariot, which could date back to the second or third century BC, at Burrough Hill, a well known Iron Age hill fort in Leicestershire.
It said a group of four students of the school first discovered a piece of bronze in the ground before uncovering a concentration of further parts nearby, Xinhua reported. After cleaning, the metalwork showed some decorated patterns clearly.
“Realising that I was actually uncovering a hoard that was carefully placed there hundreds of years ago made it the find of a lifetime. Looking at the objects now that they have been cleaned makes me even more proud, and I can’t wait for them to go on display,” said Nora Battermann, one of the students who found the pieces.
Archaeologists believe that the more than 2,200-year-old chariot belonged to a high status person, maybe a noble or warrior.
“This is the most remarkable discovery of material we made at Burrough Hill in the five years we worked on the site. This is a very rare discovery, and a strong sign of the prestige of the site… I have been excavating for 25 years and I have never found one of these pieces — let alone a whole set. It is a once-in-a-career discovery,” said Jeremy Taylor, lecturer at the school and also the co-director of the Burrough Hill field project.
Further analysis will be conducted for those parts before a temporary display in Leicestershire Oct 18-Dec 13. The official public display will open in due course.