Archaeology Lunchtime Talk: 'Examining the Iron Age chariot – the equine perspective'
Aisling Nash, Historic Environment Record/Planning Officer, Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service
The question of control and manoeuvrability of Iron Age chariots is a subject that has not received the research interest it deserves during recent years. Caesar writes in admiration of the control the native Britons could exert over their chariots but current reconstructions do not seem to support this premise. In order to question this, Iron Age bits were investigated together with the current method of yoking and technical illustrations were used to determine whether a new theory of harnessing would address the issue of manoeuvrability. Illustration was also used to establish whether a new method of harnessing would have a direct impact on the construction of the chariot.
Aisling Nash is a Historic Environment Record/ Planning Officer and freelance illustrator and has recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a Masters in Archaeological Illustration. She has a particular interest in exploring the use of technical illustrations to assist in establishing archaeological theory and as part of her Masters, she worked on a project incorporating this idea with research on Iron Age chariots.