When Did Human Beings Invent the Wheel?


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Archaeological evidence suggests that humans invented the wheel around 3500 BCE, in the Bronze Age. The earliest wheel ever found in excavations was in Mesopotamia and dates back to that time period.

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Despite being a simple concept, the invention of the wheel was technologically complex for its time and required fine metal chisels to fit the axle snugly within the wheel. Archaeologists believe that the earliest wheels may have actually been pottery wheels rather than transportation. However, within only a few centuries of the earliest known wheel in the Near East, wheeled carts and wagons were common within the Eurasian region including modern-day Poland and the Ukraine. Some claim that wheels were likely invented in that region and spread to Mesopotamia rather than the other way around.

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