Gift of Hogg the Builders of York
Prehistory and Europe
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.