Thursday, March 27, 2014

An insight into chariot burials

Castleford Forum Museum is the home to a display on The Ferry Fryston Iron Age Chariot burial.  This chariot was a stunning discovery - being the best (but not only!) example of a chariot which was assembled for a funeral.

To celebrate this important local find Dr Melanie Giles, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Manchester, will be giving a fascinating talk on this and other Iron Age chariot burial sites. 
Chariot burials are rare in Britain.  Most of them have been found in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the land of the Parasi tribe.  The one found at Fryston Park is not only a long way to the west of these, but is also unusual in being whole as they were normally dismantled before burial.

The talk will take place on Thursday 10 April, 1.00 – 3.00pm at Castleford Forum Museum, Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB.

The talk is free but seats are limited, so first come first seated!

Dr Melanie Giles specialises in the Iron Age of northern Europe, particularly aspects of funerary archaeology, Celtic art and weaponry, and the phenomenon of 'bog bodies'. Her first monograph - A Forged Glamour: landscape, identity and material culture - was published by Windgather Press in 2012, and is a detailed study of the lives and deaths of Iron Age communities in Yorkshire.

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