PAS Finds: week ended 18 February 2022
My selection of the finds recorded at the PAS for the week ended 18 February 2022. These include three Finds of Note of regional importance.
Iron Age cheekpiece
A complete cast Iron Age strap mount dating to 50BC – AD100, which has retained some of its enamelling. There are four close parallels on the PAS database including two mounts from an Iron Age hoard.
It is believed to be a spiked cheekpiece. Research by Pauline Norris on similar mounts as part of Ancient Egyptian bridles has indicated their likely use; they were fixed to the outer side of each bridle of a pair of horses harnessed to a vehicle. The blunt spikes on the cheekpieces kept the horses from turning their heads and so helped keep them running in parallel in the desired direction.
It has been designated a Find of Note of Regional Importance.