Students Roll Out Hand-Built Chariot in Demonstration

A group of Albion College first-year students have built a real Egyptian chariot for their seminar course Equus: The Horse in Western Culture taught by English professor Ian MacInnes. The Bronze Age vehicle will be put through its final paces in a public demonstration Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at the College's Held Equestrian Center, located on 29 Mile Road just south of the Albion-Concord Road intersection.

To create their chariot, students researched ancient source materials to create their own design, which they built with the assistance of skilled craftsmen and a harness maker. Once complete, the students used the chariot while attempting to shoot targets with arrows, evaluating the skill needed to use the chariot in battle.

For the December 2 demonstration, the chariot will be driven with a pair of ponies at the Equestrian Center.

This event is free and open to the public. For more contact MacInnes at or 517/629-0232.