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Iron Age chariot horn cap

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What is it?

An Iron Age warrior’s horse and chariot were very important. Two people would ride a chariot into battle – the driver and a warrior. The warrior would jump off the chariot in the middle of battle and fight on foot.

This bronze chariot gear is decorated with a swirling design known as Celtic art. It may have been used as decoration on the wheel or possibly as a handle to enable a warrior to pull themselves up onto the chariot.


What do you think?

  • Why do you think such a decorative object would be used on a chariot?
  • Why do you think an Iron Age warrior’s horse was so important to them?
  • What objects are important to you?


Further info

Object ID number: 195

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