Norman Horse Bit Excites Researchers

The study and replication of a Norman curb bit was the subject of a recent program from Britain's Time Team archaeologists.

The curb horse bit was discovered during a recent dig, sparking the creation of a modern replica that could be used to study how the bit worked. The result proved that the odd-looking contraption "was not an instrument of torture, but a well-designed piece of military equipment admirably suited to its purpose."