It was great to see the Guardian article from yesterday about our local ancient site at Stanwick. It was a bit disappointing that the journalist, Kevin Rushby, didn’t do much research apart from mis-reading the Wikipedia article that I wrote a few years ago. The famous archaeologist Sir Mortimer Wheeler (almost certainly incorrectly) concluded the site had been built not by Queen Cartimandua but by her ex-husband Venutius as a base to fight the Romans. More recent and accurate findings by Professor Colin Haselgrove and colleagues were that it was the seat of Cartimandua and a site of important ritual. Chariot wheels were not found at the site, these iron bands were the wrong size to be chariot wheels and in fact bounded a wooden stave-built vessel that was found outside the site, just north of Melsonby, which probably contained cremated remains from a funeral pyre and the chariot fittings and chain mail which were part of the ‘Stanwick hoard’ and our symbol, the Stanwick horse, was probably fixed to it. Nice photo though.