Cheek piece

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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

Postcard of Cheek piece.
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Cheek piece

This iron cheek piece was found at the site of the native hillfort at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was used sometime in the first four centuries AD and probably part of a double bit bridle for horses pulling wagons and carts.

The cheek piece has two loops, one of which is broken. It is corroded.

The large hillfort at Traprain Law was an important site in Iron Age Scotland. A range of harness equipment has been found there, showing the importance of horses for both riding and transport.

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Online ID: 000-100-039-986-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVM 360
Date: Between 0 and 400 AD
Material: Iron; two loops on one side
Dimensions: 4.63" L
What: Cheek piece, bridle
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Iron cheek-piece for a bridle, from Traprain Law
  • Burley, Elizabeth. Metal-work from Traprain Law. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 89 (1955-1956), 118-226, esp. no. 360, p. 196. 
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