14 Important Inventions Before the Wheel – 24/7 Wall St.

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The first wheels have apparently been made 5,500 years there are in Mesopotamia – but these were not the wheels we think of today. On the contrary, they were potter’s wheels. It wasn’t until 300 years later that wheels were attached to wagons and chariots.

Although the wheel has the merit of being the first “modern” invention that changed the world, other innovations came long before the discs that enabled our ancestors to travel and transport goods. In fact, archaeologists have discovered a number of inventions that predate the wheel, indicating that our intelligent ancestors have been creating for thousands of years. (Here are some ancient inventions you thought were modern.)

And each of these inventions has had a profound impact on human development. Walking is easier with shoes and a glass of wine relaxes us after a long day of work. Both were invented many years before the wheel. And William Congreve’s oft-misquoted phrase that “music has charms to soothe the wild chest” might well have had meaning for the Neanderthals who – believe it or not – invented the flute.

This is not to denigrate the wheel. Its importance in our daily life is immeasurable. It’s just that humans were designing ingenious creations before the first wheel was rolled out. (These are the 25 oldest things in the world.)

Click here to see 14 pre-wheel inventions

To compile a list of human inventions that predate the wheel, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed historical publications on early innovations that occurred before the invention of the wheel around 3500 BC from sources such as Smithsonian Magazine, ThoughtCo, British, BBCand World archeology.

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