Scottish archaeologists have completed an operation to remove an
Iron Age chariot from an Edinburgh building site.
The chariot, which is thought to have been used in a burial
around 250 BC, was unearthed by construction workers on the site of
the new Edinburgh Interchange development, near Newbridge.
Experts said the chariot is the first of its kind to be
discovered in Scotland and suggests that someone of importance may
have been buried nearby.
Edinburgh City Council ordered an archaeological excavation to be
carried out on the Newbridge site due to its proximity to Huly Hill,
a Bronze Age burial cairn surrounded by three standing stones.
Stephen Carter, director of Headland Archaeology, who undertook
the dig, said the discovery had been "a complete surprise".
"This is the type of find that you read about in books - you
don't expect to be faced with the genuine article on site," he said.
During the excavation, Mr Carter was helped by experts from the
National Museums of Scotland (NMS) and City of Edinburgh Council.
The chariot, which was still encased in mud, was then taken to the
NMS laboratory in Granton, Edinburgh, for conservation work.