Who Invented the Spoon?

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According to About.com, spoons have been used for purposes of eating and serving since Paleolithic times. While it is unknown who specifically invented the spoon, archaeological finds date spoons back to 1,000 B.C.

During ancient times, there were religious and ornamental spoons as well as common spoons and other kitchen items. The Egyptians made different spoons from flint, slate, ivory and wood. The ancient Greeks and Romans often used silver and bronze to make spoons. In Medieval Europe, wood, pewter, brass and even cow horns were used to make spoons. There are over 50 different types of spoons for different purposes, and more types have existed in the past.

According to The Spoon Council, the spoon received its name in 986AD when Malcombe Spoon rigged up a large version of the utensil to transport eggs from the farms to the markets. His version of the spoon was made by using a bone for the handle paired with a bowl.