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University of Leicester archaeologists have made a ‘once-in-a-career’ discovery of the decorated bronze remains of an Iron Age chariot.

A team from ULAS and the University’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History has unearthed a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a 2nd or 3rd century BC chariot which appears to have been buried as a religious offering.

 The archaeologists found the remains during their ongoing excavation of the Burrough Hill Iron Age hillfort, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

 The School has led a 5-year project there since 2010, giving archaeology students and volunteers valuable experience of archaeological excavations.  Burrough Hill is owned by the education charity, the Ernest Cook Trust, which has also funded site tours and school visits to the excavation.

BH-chariot Archaeologists excavate an Iron Age roundhouse at Burrough Hill hillfort. Image credit: Aerial-Cam

 While digging a large, deep pit near the remains of a house within the…

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