"It was a difficult dig" said the lead archaeologist " we soon found that this was more that just a few fragments of metal, it was a whole object, were desperate to find out what it was."
Working thorough the night with trowels and the finest of brushes an outline began to appear, and what this object turned out to be stunned everyone. In the light of day, the small group found what appeared to be a bicycle.
"We were absolutely shocked" said one of the group "we did not expect this. We know that bikes were around in the 15th century for there is one featured in a French book of Coats of Arms but finding one here is fantastic. What this means is that medieval man was using this form of transport in the late 12th century, its a brilliant find!"
The nearby Chateau Gaillard of course was the favourite castle of king Richard I. Experts are now asking, did our crusading monarch's army use bicycles as well as horses?
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