Bronze Age Wheel Discovered in England
Friday, February 19, 2016
PETERBOROUGH, ENGLAND—Archaeologists excavating the Bronze Age site of Must Farm in Cambridgeshire have unearthed a wooden wheel dating from 1100 to 800 B.C. The oldest complete example ever found in Britain, the wheel was discovered amid the remains of houses that had been built on stilts above a wetland, or fen. At some point, the houses were burned and then collapsed into a river, where silt preserved the dwellings' timbers and a number of artifacts. The remains of a horse have also been discovered at the site, and it is possible the wheel belonged to a horse-drawn cart. "The existence of this wheel expands our understanding of Late Bronze Age technology, and the level of sophistication of the lives of people living on the edge of the Fens 3,000 years ago," Historic England's Duncan Wilson told the BBC. To read more about prehistoric archaeology in the British Isles, go to "Letter From Wales: Hillforts of the Iron Age."
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