Historical knowledge

Land transport in the Iron Age

Not all the wagons from the Iron Age are ceremonial carriages. Parts of crude working wagons from the period have also been found. At Rappendam parts of an undercarriage and solid disc wheels were found. This wagon type was a development of the simple vehicles of the Bronze Age.

Throughout the Iron Age wagons gained increasing importance as a means of transport, as roads and especially fords were built in greater numbers. The way in which these roads were built was a further development of earlier traditions. The building of roads is determined by practical factors and their construction varies with the nature of the terrain.

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