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The oldest whooden wheel in the world

Visit Vrhnika. We will tell you many stories about the archaeological findings in the area, some of which are extremely important even on a global scale.

In 2002 remains of a wooden wheel with axle were found in the area called Stare Gmajne. The wheel turned out to be the oldest one yet discovered - old as 5,200 years! According to experts the wheel was a part of a prehistoric two-wheel cart - a pushcart. Similar wheels have been found in the hilly regions of Switzerland and southwest Germany, but the wheel from Vrhnika is bigger and older. Experts were astonished by the precise and extremely imaginative fabrication of it. The maker of the wheel took into account the contraction and expansion of wood and used only tough and solid ash wood. The axle is made of oak.

Stare gmajne

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