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The Charioteer Mosaic was found in 1971 at a Romano-British villa at Rudston, East Yorkshire.
It dates to the 4th century AD and would have graced a dining room in the house of a wealthy family.
It is thought one of the figures was given to the museum later than the others as it had been given to one of the finder’s children to use as a doll. Chalk figure from Withernsea One of group of unique chalk figures of warriors found in the Wolds.
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The central panel depicts a victorious charioteer standing in his 'quadriga' or four-horse chariot.
He is holding his symbols of victory - a palm frond and a wreath, the winner's crown.
Made of oak and sewn together with yew withies, these 16-metre craft are thought to have been capable of crossing the channel. 300 BC) by contrast is a simpler dug-out type and would have been used on the Humber and its tributaries rather than venturing further afield.
The tree is estimated to have been about 800 years old when it was felled. The Rudston Charioteer Mosaic This well-preserved mosaic, dating from the fourth century AD, is one of a group from a Roman villa near Rudston in East Yorkshire.