Wheel from Blair Drummond, Perthshire

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Wheel from Blair Drummond, Perthshire

This wooden wheel was found at Blair Drummond in Perthshire. It is the earliest preserved wheel from Scotland, dating from between 1260 and 810 BC.

The wheel was made of three pieces of ash. It is now warped in shape.

All early wheels were solid without spokes or tyres, made from a single piece of wood or three joined together, as here. At first carts or wagons were pulled by teams of oxen yoked together. Later, teams of horses were used.

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Online ID: 000-000-136-640-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0035: Early Scottish Shelter - Life in the Prehistoric Home (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IP 1
Date: Between 1260 and 810 BC
Material: Ashwood; warped
Dimensions: 23.00" H x 16.60" W
What: Wheel, disc
Where: Scotland, Perthshire, Blair Drummond
Description: Disc wheel of ashwood from Blair Drummond, Perthshire
  • Ashmore, P.J. Neolithic and Bronze Age Scotland. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd / Historic Scotland, 1996, p 113. 
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