Vehicle of war
These differences in interpretation are not uncommon in archaeology, and as new finds are uncovered the debate will shift in emphasis. Despite the room for doubt there remains considerable evidence to support that the find at Wetwang could well be a chariot. But what did it look like and how did it work?
'... the requirement for the driver to sit throws up a significant design problem.'
The word that Caesar uses to describe these conveyances is essedum. The root of the word implies a sedentary mode and this is confirmed by the few illustrations we have, which show a seated driver and a standing passenger. However, if the Wetwang chariot is to be compared with these military vehicles, the requirement for the driver to sit throws up a significant design problem.