Largest ever Bronze Age wheel unearthed in Britain!
The wheel is thought to be the largest and earliest example of its kind…
An ancient wheel dating back from the Bronze Age has been unearthed at Must Farm quarry in Cambridgeshire!
Thought to be from a cart, it dates back to 1100-800 B.C. – that’s 3,000 years old! It is the largest, earliest complete example ever found in Britain.
The wheel was discovered by archaeologists in Whittlesey, on the site of an ancient Bronze Age settlement nicknamed ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ – because of the perfectly preserved artefacts found there.
The village, which was built on small wooden stilts over a river, was destroyed in a great fire – the cause of which is still unknown.
The find helps us to understand the types of technology that was available thousands of years ago, and proves that although the villagers lived over water, they also used carts on the drylands – probably for hunting and farming.
The wheel was discovered just a few metres from the largest round house on the site. Other exciting finds included a wooden platter, a small wooden box, textiles and amazing Bronze Age tools.
They even unearthed jars with food remains inside – which could help archaeologists work out what the villagers liked to eat!
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England said: “This remarkable but fragile wooden wheel is the earliest complete example ever found in Britain. 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.”
The artefacts found will eventually go on display at Peterborough Museum – so you’ll be able to see the wheel up close!