Iron Age Horse

This my illustration of an Iron Age horse intended for a children’s education pack that did not come to pass. Many horse bones have been recovered at Iron Age sites across Britain. Archaeozoologists tell us these horses were small by contemporary standards as they were the size of what we call would call ‘ponies’. Iron Age horses have also been compared to the Exmoor ponies and, thus, I used reference photographs of them as the basis of my illustration.

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Wear on teeth and back bones indicate Iron Age horses were ridden, while wear on other bones indicate they were used for heavy labour such as ploughing. Horses also pulled wagons or chariots and the most famous British example derives from the Wetwang burial. Here an Iron Age woman of high prestige was buried with an elegant chariot. More can be found on this remarkable woman and a reconstruction of her vehicle on the British Museum website:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/britain/the_wetwang_chariot_burial/the_wetwang_chariot_burial.aspx

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Chiseldon Cauldron

This is my reconstruction of one of the Chiseldon Cauldrons. My drawing is based on a reconstruction made by the British Museum. The Chiseldon Cauldrons were found in quite a poor condition and conservationists at the British Museum tried to carefully restore them as best as they could. I take creative liberty with the stand for dramatic effect in presenting how the object was used in real life during Iron Age times.

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