Neanderthal bones, mysterious mummy juice, and ancient hunger stones: 2018 was filled with some significant historical discoveries.
2018 was a year filled with amazing new research and discoveries. This year, the world garnered clues into what life on earth looked like even centuries ago and made history news headlines with some utterly weird finds and studies. Here is a roundup of the best history news stories that we saw over the past year:
An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider Dug Up In England
First up in 2018’s history news headlines is this shocking discovery.
A development company in Pocklington, England was shocked to discover a buried chariot while preparing for the construction of a new property.
Not only did the company discover the chariot, but it also found that the remains of both the rider and the horses which pulled the chariot were buried with it as well.
The Iron Age began around 1200-600 B.C. depending on location and followed the collapse of the Bronze Age. This era was marked by the introduction of iron and steel as prominent materials for making weapons and tools across Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa.
This isn’t the first time that a buried chariot has appeared in this region of England. In 2017, a different chariot was found along with the horses attached to it. This latest find, however, had the rider included.
Archaeology Arts reported in 2017: “The chariot was buried as part of a funerary practice that was not uncommon in the Iron Age. However, the horses were a rather surprising addition.”
The quantifiable details on this latest find are unknown at the moment. But if there have been two discoveries of buried chariots in the past 18 months, archeologists may be interested in exploring this region of England further.