Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Chariot reconstruction ready for Scottish museum

From This is Devon
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" Two and a half thousand years ago the original was belting around the muddy highways like an ancient equivalent of a Ferrari - now a replica of the UK's earliest chariot is enjoying a much quieter life, on display in a Westcountry museum, writes Martin Hesp.

But the remarkable machine won't be at rest for long at the Somerset County Museum in Taunton - soon it will head for Edinburgh to be exhibited close to where the original was found in a recent archaeological dig.

So why should a replica of a Scottish chariot be temporarily residing in the Westcountry? Because it is "drying out", according to its creator Robert Hurford - the West Somerset-based craftsman who is the nation's only professional maker of chariots."

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