Bronze Age Wheel Found In Preserved Condition By Oxford Archaeologist

Valerie Complex - Author

Nov. 3 2016, Updated 4:35 a.m. ET

A bronze age wheel, dating back nearly 3,000 years, has been unearthed at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire, England, or as it’s called, “British Pompeii.” Archeologist Chris Wakefield tells BBC he acknowledges the bronze age wheel find is very unusual, especially for its location.

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“We’re in the middle of the fens, a very wet environment. The biggest question we’ve got to answer at the moment is, why on Earth is there a wheel in the middle of this very wet river channel?”

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Wakefield raises a great point. If wheels are known for being used on dry land, why is there a random wheel in the middle of a river? Scientists have yet to answer this question, and they rightfully don’t want to offer up too many assumptions.

While this wheel is considered to be the largest (three-feet in circumference), and the “best preserved” bronze age artifact, it is not the oldest that has been found in that area. A smaller, half-wheel was discovered by the Flag Fens in Peterborough, England.


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