East Yorkshire archaeologists have recently made a so-called "unparalleled" discovery after discovering an Iron Age car. The horses were still attached and buried in a position that made them jump almost out of the grave.
Loud Yorkshire Post, The Iron Age car was discovered in Pocklington on the construction site of Persimmon Homes. The horses were carefully set up, the hooves and hind legs bent so that they looked ready to get up and drive in tow with the car as they traveled to the hereafter that awaited them.
In addition to the horses, a man who was about 40 years old at the time of his death was found in the car in which he was buried and rolled up in the fetal position. But he too, like the horses, was buried as if he were ready to lead the horses "into every future life."
Archaeologists believe the horses could most likely have been buried with the Iron Age car, so the passing horses can see their heads jutting out of the grave, but with thousands of years, these horses have no heads left.
This is an amazing find here in Yorkshire: https://t.co/CsCmaWXwHI
– The Yorkshire Post (@yorkshirepost) December 6, 2018
While East Yorkshire undoubtedly had some of the car burials, none can surpass the youngest Iron Age car that was discovered. As Paula Ware briefly and succinctly stated by MAP Archaeological Practice, this burial has "no British role model".
"We could not say how they were placed in the tomb. Both were still upright and moved as if they were jumping out of the grave. It looked like their skulls were removed centuries ago. Maybe the heads came out of the graves. Did they come alive, who knows? There is no evidence of a ramp. "
Ware also noted that the grave itself was quite stunning and that a lot of work had to be invested in the construction. It was also believed that the man who was buried along with the wagon and the horses had to have been a fairly important person as at least six baby piglets had been buried with him.
"This is a new burial rite that has never been seen before. How spectacular that is – and how much time and effort must have grown up for it and the people who must have participated in this funeral process have dug this grave of 4.7 x 3.9 meters. There are more pig bones in this funeral than in burials throughout the Wolds. He is honored with at least six piglets – usually it would be a quarter of a jaw. He was someone so important. "
With the amazing discovery of Iron Age carving in East Yorkshire, the remains are taken to a museum and the details of the car are discussed Dig for Britain which will air on December 19 on BBC Four.