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Who invented the wheel?

Was it the Sumerians?

How did inventing the wheel come about?

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  • Thelma
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    10 years ago
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    According to archaeologists, the wheel was probably invented around 8,000 B.C in Asia but the oldest wheel as we know it dates back to Mesopotamia in 3,500 B.C. Early wheels were simple wooden disks with a hole for the axle. Because of the structure of wood a horizontal slice of a trunk is not suitable, as it does not have the structural strength to support weight without collapsing; rounded pieces of longitudinal boards are required.

    The spoked wheel was invented more recently, and allowed the construction of lighter and swifter vehicles. The earliest known examples are in the context of the Andronovo culture, dating to ca 2000 BCE. Soon after this, horse cultures of the Caucasus region used horse-drawn spoked-wheel war chariots for the greater part of three centuries. They moved deep into the Greek peninsula where they joined with the existing Mediterranean peoples to give rise, eventually, to classical Greece after the breaking of Minoan dominance and consolidations led by pre-classical Sparta and Athens. Celtic chariots introduced an iron rim around the wheel in the 1st millennium BCE. The spoked wheel had been in continued use without major modification until the 1870s, when wire wheels and pneumatic tires were invented.

    The invention of the wheel has also been important for technology in general, important applications including the water wheel, the cogwheel. The spinning wheel, and the astrolabe or torquetum. More modern descendants of the wheel include the propeller, the jet engine, the flywheel (gyroscope) and the turbine.

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  • Mindy
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    4 years ago

    The wheel was invented by the civilization of the Egyptians. It was derived from the log. A large team of Egyptian middle management met to determine the potential of the new device. There was a long and procastinating discussions over its fate. Some say wars were fought. However, following years of debate by the various advisory teams, white smoke rose over the senate of the day and it was decided that the wheel would be painted yellow. It was not until the Romans came along, realised its potential and said it could be any colour you like. Futher inovations took place, the original wheel was square and pythagoras calculated that if the wheel was triangular there would be one less bump and so from these humble beginnings the modern wheel has evolved. This will not enlighten you but the answer doesnt always have to!

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  • 10 years ago

    I believe it was developed in the Mesopotamian River Valley to make transportation of goods easier. Peace, Love, Namaste

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  • 10 years ago

    It was invented in mesopotamia (modern day iraq)

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  • 10 years ago

    here read this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel

    it should help =)

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  • 10 years ago

    THE CAVE MAN

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