Archaeological parallel to Sea Peoples’ wagons

Recent reports on the discovery of a well-preserved wooden wheel from a English Bronze Age site of “Must Farm” is of general interest.


To this, as someone interested in the archaeology of the Levant, this is a nice archaeological example of a full-wooden wheel, a type common in ancient and traditional cultures in the near east, and famously depicted in the Egyptian Reliefs of Ramses III’s battle against the Sea Peoples (ca. 1180 BCE):

Sea peoples wagons from Medinet habu

Most often, these wagons are compared to ethnographically known examples, such as the Turkish example here:

Wagon with full wooden wheel from turkey

Now, we have an archaeological example – and even though it comes from a very different and distant culture, interestingly, it comes from a very similar period (1100-800 BCE).



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