A 3000-Year-old Wheel Found in England

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Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Archaeologists excavating a small, Bronze Age settlement in England have found a great artifact – one of man’s greatest inventions: the wheel. The ancient artifact was found in the third house of the settlement, on top of a floor board. It is the largest and most complete Bronze Age wheel ever found in England.

Its edge is still mostly round, while the interior part is still intact. Also, the wheel is still attached to its hub. The wheel is made of oak planks and may have been brought to the house for repairs, Mark Knight told the Guardian.

“My hunch is that 3,000 years ago there was a cart parked up on the dry land, with a wheel missing,“ he said.

The wheel was unearthed from one of the most significant Bronze Age sites in England, which is called “Britain’s Pompeii”. There is only one wheel that is older than the newly discovered artifact, but it is smaller and not that well preserved.

Another interesting find on the site was a female skull. Archaeologists are not sure if she was buried or just left there to rot. Her remains were unearthed near the entrance of a big house. Researchers are planning to conduct genetic analysis on her teeth in order to solve the puzzle of “Britain’s Pompeii”.