Unique horse harness found at Cork castle dig

Archaeologists working on excavations at Caherduggan, near Doneraile, Co Cork, Ireland, have discovered a gilt-covered leather harness with heraldic symbols dating to the 13th-14th century, the only "intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland."

Many of the artifacts, including dice and a woman's shoe, were found in medieval water wells. The harness, known as a peytrel, featured heraldry of a rampant lion on its hind legs. “Post-excavation analysis has revealed it is the only intact example ever found in Britain or Ireland and it may have belonged to a medieval knight or one of his retainers or retinue. It was certainly belong to someone important in the medieval period. This is a hugely significant find in Ireland,” said archaeologist Damian Shields.