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Cambridge Archaeologists Discover One Of The Oldest Wheels In Britain

Sammi Silber | PopWrapped Author

Sammi Silber

02/24/2016 8:17 am
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Cambridge Archaeologists Discover One Of The Oldest Wheels In Britain | Cambridge
Media Courtesy of Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The wheel has been around since prehistoric times. We all know the stories about the cavemen with the wheel and how that simple invention back then revolutionized the entire world, sparking industrialization and more.

Now, there has been a huge discovery surrounding the wheel in Britain. A recent archaeological dig by Cambridge archaeologists revealed a 3,000 year-old wheel, located at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire.

Experts say that the wheel is thought to date back to between 1100-800 BC, dating all the way back to the Bronze Age. Cambridgeshire is also know as "Britain's Pompeii," considering the area faced a lot of damage thanks to fires, and many of the artifacts have fallen into a river. However, this was a discovery made on dry land.

"The discovery of the wheel demonstrates the inhabitants of this watery landscapes links to the dry land beyond the river," archeological manager David Gibson told Historic England.

This is not the only recent discovery made recently by the group. The Cambridge Archaeological Unit also found collapsed homes on the same exact site, also dating back to the Bronze Age.

Despite the $1.5 million cost, the project has been successful in its objective of uncovering the past. They received the money from Historic England and Forterra funding and, since then, have made great advances in discovering artifacts from history -- s

o many historical advances, in fact, that they are receiving nothing but praise from historical companies within Britain.

"This remarkable but fragile wooden wheel is the earliest complete example ever found in Britain," Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said.

The wheel is one meter in diameter. It is in such excellent condition that the axle of the wheel is even still contained.

"We can tell these people were thriving," Mark Knight, site director of the excavation dig, told the media. "They were not bog dwellers nor were they on the edge of their world, they were at the center of it."

The findings will eventually be publicly displayed.


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