Strap unions from the chariot burial at Wetwang

Iron Age, around 300 BC
East Yorkshire, England

Buckles were not used in Iron Age Britain. Instead, straps of raw hide were held together by stitching, knotting, toggles or strap unions. Two strap unions were found at either end of the yoke placed in the grave at Wetwang. They allow the band that passes across each horse's chest to be fixed to the yoke. The strap unions are unusually delicate. They are decorated with coral studs on both sides, and illustrate the care that went into making every part of the vehicle and its harness.

To find out more and see a reconstruction of the chariot, take the 'Wetwang Chariot Burial' tour.

 

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Strap unions from the chariot burial at Wetwang

Strap union no. 1 (west)

  • Strap union in ground

    Strap union in ground

  • Strap union in ground with survey points

    Strap union in ground with survey points

  • Strap union in BBC reconstruction

    Strap union in BBC reconstruction

 

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P&EE 2001.4-1.8-9

not on MERLIN

Gift of Hogg the Builders of York

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