The wagon has been the object of intense scrutiny; recent reconstruction attempts have
clarified its construction. It was placed in the tomb in several pieces: the wagon bed
formed the "lady's" bier, the wheels were placed against the east wall. The find position
of the preserved bronze and iron components was carefully recorded and has been used in
reconstructing the wagon's original appearance and functionality.
Wagon, as reconstructed.
Wheels in situ against east wall of tomb.
Wagon bed: ca. 1.59 x .59 m; sides ca. 18.4 cm H.
Horizontal iron bar: 1.35 m L.
Wheels: ca. 74.5 cm Dia.; ca. 3 cm T.
The iron bands encircling the wheels were preserved; the wooden portions were not, but
the number and position of spokes can be securely reconstructed on the basis of the
preserved bronze and iron hubs. The metal substructures indicate that the shallow wagon
bed was mounted above the axles on sturdy struts; the pivoting front axle demonstrated the
wagon's utility as a vehicle.