History: The Wheel of Human Civilization

Mozelle Martin

I was going to write about the voyages of discovery and how things really got rolling. But I decided to do a quick article to tempt your tastebuds into what I may be writing about in the next article.

The concept of human civilization is complex with maybe one of the most thought-provoking points being who got here first or who created the first wheel.

The wheel of discovery has been spinning for an extremely long time. Although the wheel as a concept is a relatively simple tool, determining when it was invented and who did it first is not as simple.

There are many articles that assert the first wheel was invented in Asia around 8000 B.C. but none of these articles have presented evidence.

By contrast, the most solid early evidence is that the wheel comes from the excavations from present-day Iraq (Sumerian City of Ur) in about 3500 B.C. Although we have no idea who invented Sumer's wheel, we know that its function was pottery.

The Bronocice Pot, found in Polish digs from the Funnel-Beaker culture, also dates to 3500 B.C.

One key to civilization is the production of agricultural excess that can be bartered for other goods and services. Without good storage for that excess, critters will infest it.

One idea that's been brought up is that the Funnel-Beaker people obtained their wheel idea from the Sumer people.

Yet, as the bird flies, it's about 1,200 miles from South Poland to Mesopotamia. In my opinion, it's more likely that each culture invented the wheel independently rather than borrowing (or stealing) the idea from one or the other.

What do you think?

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