Ancient Burial Site Reveals 4K-Year-Old Chariots
Also inside: gold artifacts, potential human sacrifices
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2014 2:30 PM CDT
The find included two chariots, each with four wheels.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A dig at a 4,000-year-old burial site in the country of Georgia has turned up a pair of wooden chariots along with human remains, possibly from sacrifices, LiveScience reports. The 39-foot-high Early Bronze Age mound is known as a kurgan and would have been the resting place of a chief, says an expert. Also inside the south Caucasus site were gold artifacts, arrowheads, various vessels, and a wooden armchair.

The chariots each had four wheels and were "in good condition," adds archaeologist Zurab Makharadze. Their age indicates they would have been pulled by oxen, not horses, since horse domestication hadn't yet begun in the area, he notes. The armchair, meanwhile, was a "symbol of power." Seven people appear to have been buried inside. "One of them was a chief and others should be the members of his family, sacrificed slaves, or servants," Makharadze says. Click for images from the discovery.

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Veritas
Jun 26, 2014 5:34 PM CDT
I wonder if they came with custom hubcaps?
Imhotep
Jun 26, 2014 7:15 AM CDT
Certainly must have put a shiver up their spines seeing four wheeled chariots pulled by an ox. I think a more accurate term would be ox cart. I doubt you could run rings around your enemy in a four wheeled cart pulled by an ox. That is unless your enemy was unable to simply walk away.
shebby777
Jun 25, 2014 9:32 PM CDT
Probably buried them for failure to signal while driving through an intersection.