Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Complete Bronze Age Wheel in England
We at The News Wheel are delighted today to bring you some Wheel News. Archaeologists in England have uncovered a wooden wheel—hub included—that is around 3,000 years old. That makes it the second-oldest Bronze Age wheel in the United Kingdom, and also the first complete Bronze Age wheel ever found in Britain. It is also one meter across, making it larger than the oldest specimen as well as more complete.
This find was part of the wealth of artifacts discovered at Must Farm in Peterborough, England, a site that has been referred to as the “British Pompeii.” At the site somewhere around 1,000 BC, a fire broke out in a community of large wooden round houses on stilts, which then plunged into the river, preserving the houses and their contents in surprising detail.
This wheel not only shows that, by the late Bronze Age, people were making and using wheels, but also that the people of that watery area had connections with the drier land on the other side of the river, implying that these people were more technologically adept than we previously thought.
This site is extremely important since it is one of the few (especially in rainy England), where wooden artifacts, such as a platter and a small box, and other biodegradable items, like textiles and tools, have been preserved.