Decorated medieval horse harness found in Ireland

On the Day of Archaeology blog, Damien Shields recounts the discovery of "one of the most beautiful archaeological objects" he had ever come across. Once thought to be a leather scabbard belt, the artifact proved to be a piece of decorated medieval horse harness. (photos)

The harness was unearthed during excavations at a medieval castle site in Caherduggan, County Cork, and has since been cleaned. The well-preserved strip of leather includes buckles at each end and "hinged heraldic shields mounted along its length." Experts believe it dates to the 14th century.