Record Details

NHER Number:1331
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Iron Age horse harness hoard


In 1950 a hoard of Iron Age horse harness items was discovered at this location and excavated. The collection was thought to originate from the Middle Trent and Upper Witham Basin and comprised bridle-bits, bronze plates, rivets, a clasp and a strap union. At the time it was felt to be an Iron Age chariot burial of one of Queen Boudicca's chieftains although this notion has remained unproven.


  • An Iron Age copper alloy strap union found in a hoard at Ringstead.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service. NWHCM 1950.77.9:A


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Map Sheet:TF74SW

Full description

March 1950.
Hoard of Iron Age horse trappings etc. found.
Excavation followed April 3 - 4 for NRC.
Founder's hoard, concealed late 1st century BC. Fox dates it to around 40 BC and thinks comes from Middle Trent and Upper Witham Basin. Consists of two or three bronze bridle-bits (outer rings bronze coated iron), two elliptical bronze plates (?from shield), two rivets, one clasp, one strap union, one flat strap of sheet metal, thick disc (ingot), curved object of sheet metal, and fragments.
Plan of excavations in NCM.
E. Rose (NAU/NLA).

Illustrations (S1), photgraphs (S2), press cuttings (S3-4) and list of references in file.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Finds

  • BRIDLE BIT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • BRIDLE BIT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • CLASP (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HARNESS (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HARNESS FITTING (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HOARD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • INGOT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • RIVET (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • SHIELD (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Iron Age. Ringstead.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Slide: Various. Slide.
---Article in serial: Clarke, R. R. 1951. A Hoard of Metalwork of the Early Iron Age from Ringstead, Norfolk. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol XVII Pt 2 pp 214-225.
---Article in serial: Taylor, R. J. and Brailsford, J. W. 1985. British Iron Age Strap-Unions. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Vol 51 pp 247-272. p 253.
<S1>Illustration: Finds Illustrations.
<S2>Photograph: 1950. CM180-1, 212-3, 249-52.
<S3>Publication: Lynn Advertiser. 1950. 17 March.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1950. 18 March.

Related records - none

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