It is in our very nature to better ourselves constantly, regardless of how much time and effort it may take. Our desire to always improve our living standards has led us to open up new technological horizons for ourselves and for generations to come. The very history of our existence is filled with moments of discovery that have facilitated and in some cases even accelerated the development of nations and civilizations.
There have been many inventions that changed the world for the better throughout history, each more important than the next. Today, we will explore the ten most important prehistoric inventions and what effect they had on the development of the ancient world.
10The Wheel – 5,000 BC
Although the exact origins of the wheel are unknown, it is believed to have been invented in ancient Sumer (modern day Iraq) sometime around 5,000 BC. For instance, the wheel first reached India and Pakistan around the year 3,000 BC whereas the earliest wheels found in Poland date back to 3,500 BC. Needless to say, the wheel was vital for trade and transportation throughout the prehistoric world, facilitating the development of early ancient civilizations.