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Ribchester Hoard

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Ribchester Hoard

From: Ribchester, Lancashire
Date: late 1st or early 2nd century AD

In 1796, a young boy discovered this fantastic hoard of Roman metalwork when he was playing in his village. Ribchester was the site of a Roman fort where soldiers on horseback (cavalry) were based.

The objects are mainly pieces of equipment used in cavalry sports events, when horses and riders took part in brilliant displays. Look for the bronze visor helmet worn by riders for mock battles, and the round guards used to protect horses' eyes. Other objects include harness pieces and some bronze cooking pans.