Whittlesey wheel

The discovery of a Bronze Age wheel from the dig at Must Farm in Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire looks to be the biggest and oldest of its kind yet discovered

The solid wooden wheel which dates from about 1,100 to 800 BC is being excavated by the Cambridge University archaeology unit.

It was Discovered in deep clay sediments on the outskirts of Peterborough and has suffered some damage as a result of its discovery.

The site being dubbed “England’s Pompeii” has also revealed woven willow wall panels, floor timbers cooking pots, textiles, jewellery boxes knives and other weapons. The reason for the excellent preservation was a fire 3000 years ago that destroyed the roundhouse that stood upon the site, but acted to preserve a lot of the materials.

(photo credit Eastern Daily Press)