Scientists were amazed after a massive wheel measuring three feet in diameter was found.
Scientists have discovered a complete Bronze Age wheel that would be the largest of its kind ever unearthed in the United Kingdom.
They found it at “Britain’s Pompeii” in Cambridgeshire. Now the location of Must Farm, it is called that because of a huge fire believed to have happened there 3,000 years ago, which, combined with waterlogged preservation, resulted in everything being frozen in time much like the Italian village of Pompeii after the Mount Vesuvius eruption.
The wheel is believed to be 3,000 years old, and was found near one of the best-preserved dwellings at the location, according to a BBC report.
The wooden wheel is believed to date back to between 1,100 and 800 BC, and measures 3 feet in diameter.
Scientists were amazed to find such a large and complete wheel. It’s the earliest complete example ever found in the country, and helps scientists better understand the technology available in the Late Bronze Age.
Must Farm has certainly proved to be a gold mine for acheologists. Earlier this year, they found up to three roundhouses dating back to about the same time. The homes essentially fell into the river after a fire, and were preserved by the silt.
Earlier, scientists discovered eight boats in the river, as well as the spine of what was probably a horse that could have possibly been used to draw a cart.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said in a statement: “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.”