Tyne and Wear HER(1493): Newcastle, King's Meadows, horse bit - Details
Newcastle, King's Meadows, horse bit
Iron horse-bit, only a fragment of one side surviving. Maximum length 133 mm. Heslop suggests that the metalwork at King's Meadows was a deliberate votive deposition. The River Tyne was a major arterial route inland and a possible boundary between tribal groupings, and appears to have been the focus of ceremonial activity by communities gathering here from considerable distances. There is a recurring pattern in the Bronze Age for metalwork deposition in watery places. The concentration of objects around the small island of King's Meadows has parallels at Runnymede on the Thames.
<< HER 1493 >> R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, no. 13 p. 39, and fig. 12 p. 42; D.H. Heslop, Newcastle and Gateshead before AD 1080 in Diana Newton and AJ Pollard, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead before 1700, pages 1-22