Iron Age chariot burials are also a feature of the Parisi, the native pre-Roman trabe in the East Riding area.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.
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. Around the central circle are four roundels depicting the seasons as beautiful women.
Chariots also appear on a mosaic from another Roman villa found at Horkstow in North Lincolnshire. On this example four chariots are shown racing around a track rather like a cartoon - one of the contestants is even falling out of his chariot! Depictions of chariots are very rare outside the region and some believe this may indicate the presence of racecourses or 'circuses' nearby.
Iron Age chariot burials are also a feature of the Parisi, the native pre-Roman trabe in the East Riding area.