PHOTOS: Iron Age Chariot Discovered — Is a ‘Find of a Lifetime’

Archaeologists in Burrough Hill, England were amazed when they discovered a bronze chariot that dates back to the 2nd or 2rd century B.C., reports the Huffington Post.

“The atmosphere at the dig on the day was a mix of ‘tremendously excited’ and ‘slightly shell-shocked,’” said Dr. Jeremy Taylor, a lecturer in landscape archaeology at the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and co-director of the Burrough Hill field project.

“I have been excavating for 25 years and I have never found one of these pieces–let alone a whole set. It is a once-in-a-career discovery.”

The find is so exciting and beautiful that it will be exhibited at the Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicestershire, England from Oct. 18 to Dec. 13.

Taylor’s team believes the chariot may have been owned by a nobleman or warrior and was probably taken apart, burned, and buried as part of a religious offering. 

The above slideshow reveals the pieces of the chariots that were unearthed. Click here for more information on the find.