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Chariots, Swords and Spears (Hardback)

Iron Age Burials at the Foot of the East Yorkshire Wolds

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory P&S History > Archaeology > British Archaeology

Edited by Mark Stephens
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Pages: 312
Illustrations: b/w and colour
ISBN: 9781789255423
Published: 15th November 2022
Casemate UK Academic



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This volume brings together recent excavations at two sites in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. The main focus of the volume is examination of Iron Age burials, which included chariots, swords, and spears, along with inclusion of earlier Prehistoric and later Roman activity. The excavations have enabled further scientific evidence for migration and mobility in the Iron Age population and secure chronologies for artefacts. New evidence from osteological analysis gives support for Warrior Graves and burial rites. The volume also examines the Pocklington shield, which has been described as one of the most significant pieces of Iron Age art.

The exceptional finds, including a dismantled chariot with horses and an upright chariot also with horses, captured the world’s media and the public imagination. The excavations at Pocklington in 2017 and 2018 were featured on BBC 4’s Digging for Britain series and was voted Current Archaeology Rescue Project of the Year 2018.  


Anglian elements will be included in an additional volume.

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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has worked for the last 40 years predominately in the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire as a Professional Field Archaeologist. The excavation of the two chariots at Pocklington fulfils a career ambition.

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