Archaeologists found a really old chariot that’s 2,500 years old. It still had a rider and horses with it.


A very old type of chariot called an Iron Age chariot has been found buried in a village in Yorkshire. This is the second time in two years that such a discovery has been made in the same area. It was found at a place where people are building more than 200 houses in Pocklington, England.

Archaeologists are getting ready to dig up the discovery site as of early October 2018. According to initial reports, not only a chariot but also horse and human remains were found there.

Simon Usher, who manages Persimmon Homes in Yorkshire, said: “We have found something cool during our building project called The Mile in Pocklington. It’s an old chariot from the Iron Age that was pulled by horses.”

We are currently digging under the supervision of our archaeologists and carefully examining the site to gather and understand the findings.”

In a surprising turn of events, another ancient chariot from the Iron Age was discovered along with two horses, a year and a half later, at a different building site in Pocklington.

In 2017, Archaeology Arts said: “People in the Iron Age often buried chariots as part of funeral customs. But finding horses with it was unexpected for archaeologists.”

According to The Telegraph, finding these old remains from 500 BC is the first time something like this has happened in the last 200 years. It’s also one of only 26 chariots ever found in the UK.

Archaeologists say it’s very rare for a horse and chariot to be buried together along with a human. In 2017, Paula Ware, who leads MAP Archaeological Practice Ltd, told a reporter, “We found the chariot in the last square burial mound we were digging up, right inside the cemetery.”

In Yorkshire, archaeologists keep finding important stuff from the Iron Age. In 2016, they found about 150 skeletons and their belongings in a little town near the Yorkshire Wolds.

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