Building the chariot
'The paintwork ... set off the lavish splendour of the bronzed metalwork ...'
As a finishing touch the chariot was painted, using natural ochres from Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean - the mines there have been in existence for over 4,000 years. The paintwork not only set off the lavish splendour of the bronzed metalwork but was also in keeping with the Ancient Britons’ love of colour.
This was a bold statement and broke with the tradition of previous reconstructions, which have represented British chariots as functional vehicles in plain wood and wicker. But it was felt this interpretation did not correspond to the elaborate and prestigious nature of the finds at Wetwang.