Discarded socks, foreboding stones, and an extinct human hybrid — archaeologists unearthed some shocking discoveries this year.
Believe it or not, there was an abundance of important archaeology news that was unearthed over the course of these past 12 months. Important discoveries by experts have led them closer to answering some of the world’s biggest historical question marks.
With each discovery comes a better understanding as to what the world looked like thousands upon thousands of years ago. Here’s the best of the best archaeological news that 2018 had to offer.
An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider Was Dug Up In England
First up in 2018’s history news headlines was 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 wasn’t the first time that a buried chariot has appeared in this region of England, however. 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.”
If there have been two discoveries of buried chariots in archaeology news headlines in the past 18 months, then archaeologists may be interested in exploring this region of England further.