In both the Ancient Orient and Egypt the WC was a single-axle open chariot with spoked wheels pulled by horses. WCs were predominantly made of wood and in some cases clad in metal. The first evidence of WCs is on 2nd millennium BC seal rolls in Anatolia, and then in Syria (Seals). Their origin is disputed. In particular Hittite texts record the military significance of WCs (battle of Qadesh in 1275 BC between Muwatalli II and Ramses  II). Th…
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Hausleiter, Arnulf (Berlin),
Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon) and
Pingel, Volker (Bochum),
“War chariot”, in:
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