Monday, 15 July 2013

Unique medieval harness found at Cork castle

The 13th-14th century leather harness, which went around a horse’s chest and was attached to the saddle, is covered in gilt, copper-alloy shields, and boasts heraldic symbols. 

It may have belonged to a medieval knight and is the only intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland. 

The treasure trove of artefacts includes scores of pieces uncovered around the castle at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork. 

The finds were made by archaeological consultants commissioned by Cork County Council. 

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