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TalkOrigins Lunchtime Talk

National Museum Cardiff
18 September 2013 , 1.05pm

Speed and Light: Terrets and the Iron Age Chariot

Chariot terrets are relatively common finds from Iron Age Britain. The primary function of these copper-alloy rings was to prevent chariot reins becoming tangled, but they seem also to have been important for other, less prosaic reasons.

They range in style from the completely plain to the beautifully ornate and are found in burials, hoards and ritual deposits, as well as in great number as stray finds.

This presentation will provide a brief introduction to Iron Age chariots, and will consider what terrets can tell us about life and belief in Iron Age and Early Roman Britain.

With Anna Lewis, PhD student, University of Leicester.

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