NARRATOR: The chariots at the Zaoyang excavation site were little more than imprints into the dust, so specifics of how the pieces are built are not maintained. The clear answer , a perfectly maintained Chinese chariot from near the same period of time, receive while in the widening of a canal.
HAITAO ZHAO (Huai’an Museum): (Translation) The chariot was buried deeply and submerged in water, which created an atmosphere without oxygen, meaning the wooden structure was fully preserved.
Contained in this chariot, the spokes were dull, instead of circular, indicating a lot more may be equipped inside wheel center. And also this chariot in addition reveals various other keys exactly how the old Chinese designers constructed the controls.
HAITAO ZHAO: (interpretation) The wheel had been largely without trouble whenever we unearthed it, however when they dried up most of the wood items dropped apart.
ROBERT HURFORD: That’s very handy, because I want to learn how all of these bones fixed with each other, and if you have got parts that have come apart, it really is so much easier observe the way they comprise make to begin with. (more…)