The 400BC Ferrari
The Iron Age chariot unearthed at an Edinburgh building site has been proved the oldest in Britain.
Radiocarbon tests on the wheels of the chariot have proved it dates back to 400BC - 200 years earlier than the previous oldest British find.
Scientists have just finished studying the remains and it is now being prepared to go on public display, probably at the Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street.
The only other places in Western Europe where similar discoveries have been made are in East Yorkshire and France.
The discovery of the Iron Age chariot - hailed as one of the most important ever made in Scotland - was made near another historic city site.
The chariot is remarkably complete, with surviving parts including its base, two wheels and even the remains of a bridle.
The National Museums of Scotland is carrying out conservation work on the remains so they can go on public display.
Posted by pebblesfromheaven
11th January 2004ce
Edited 10th September 2007ce