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To: ilovesarah2012; SunkenCiv; Salvavida
I have done a bit of research on the objects photographed underwater and billed as "chariot wheels". Notice that they are never photographed (as a legitimate archaeological research photo would be) with a scale or any other object that would give one a sense of their actual size.

Many of them have gracefully-curved spokes and/or are "faired" (with spoke ends flared out and blended into the wheel and hub). AFAIK, no ancient wheelwright ever did either of those things; it would simply be too much work for no functional improvement.

Now, if you want to see the exact same things -- out of the water -- go to Google Images and search for "valve wheel". You will be greeted with a page of pictures of wheels that look exactly like those depicted underwater -- complete with curved spokes and "faired" spokes.

    

Note that many of the similar valve wheels have square or hexagonal holes in the center. It is common for the worker to carry a wheel with him from valve to valve, slip the wheel over the square or hex valve stem, adjust the valve, remove the wheel -- and carry it with him to the next valve.

Unsurprisingly, valve wheels occasionally get dropped overboard or are washed or roll overboard when dropped.

Conclusion: those "chariot wheels" are merely modern valve wheels that fell overboard from tanker ships.

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Don't feel bad -- those "sunken chariot wheels" had me wondering at first, too... '-)

TXnMA
Texas Archaeological Steward

28 posted on 04/01/2013 8:23:23 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: TXnMA

Thanks. I’ll do a little more research when I have time. I would think they would probably be buried by now anyway, but you never know.


29 posted on 04/01/2013 9:54:41 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: TXnMA

I never considered that, thank you.


30 posted on 04/01/2013 2:21:21 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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