Chariot Burials of Britain: Friday 19th February 2016 at Helmsley

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A talk on the Chariot Burials of Britain by Dr Melanie Giles on Friday 19th February 2016 at 7.30 p.m. in the committee room of the North York Moors National Park Offices, The Old  Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BP.

Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in archaeology at Manchester University. (Her sister Dr Kate Giles, also a Senior Lecturer in archaeology (at York University) lives in Slingsby.)

The talk is one of a series of lectures arranged by Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society, whose website is here. The Society asks for a donation of about £3 per person attending.

The HAHS website says this about the lecture:-

The Iron Age chariot burials of North, West and particularly East Yorkshire, are an internationally renowned phenomenon. Containing the complete or dismantled remains of two-wheeled vehicles and horse trappings, these burials are often accompanied by other marvels of Celtic art, including weaponry, mirrors and boxes, as well as lavish portions of meat for the afterlife. The individuals interred with them frequently have fascinating stories to tell about daily life, injury, disease and violence, which helps us understand the power of these particular ancestors for their wider community.

The lecture will also investigate the myths behind the Celtic chariot, and its links to Continental traditions: using the archaeological evidence to examine its technology and use, its particular significance for Yorkshire communities, and some of the possible meanings it held as a vehicle for the afterlife