Others are still around today, bearing the mark of the time and place they were founded.
Archaeologists said the Bronze Age wheel is the largest and best-preserved of its kind, dating back to1100-800 B. Measuring about 3 feet (1 meter) across, and with its hub still intact, the wheel was unearthed during a dig at the Must Farm site in Peterborough, according to an announcement from Historic England, a heritage organization that is partly funding the excavation.A decade in the making, the film can strut its Joseph-Campbell-by-way-of-Akira-Kurosawa pedigree like a third-year film student and sometimes seems to prefer to astound and amaze rather than entertain.The stunning visuals and beautifully conceived milieu distract the viewer from the fact that the quest structure of the story is Mc Guffin-like and the conclusion emotionally muddled."This remarkable but fragile wooden wheel is the earliest complete example ever found in Britain," Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said in a statement.He added that the discovery expands the understanding of the technological sophistication of people living in the region 3,000 years ago. Ash from that volcanic eruption left the town extraordinarily well-preserved, with elaborate murals and graffiti still intact on the walls of its buildings.
[In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World] Must Farm, which was first discovered in 1999, has been described as "Peterborough’s Pompeii." Pompeii was a Roman city that was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A. Like Pompeii, the Must Farm site was frozen in time through catastrophe.