Ancient Inventions We Still Use to This Day


When you think of the term ‘ancient invention’ you automatically assume something primitive, unpolished and outdated. These inventions may have primitive origins but people are still using them till this day.

1. Needles

Sewing needles. Materials have changed, we added more machinery, but the basic needle and thread is the same. [motherinlawstongue]

2. Paper

Paper. [connie-lingus93] Paper was invented around 100 BC in China. A government official in China named Ts’ai Lun was the first to start a paper-making industry.

3. Beer

Beer was produced about 3,500 BC in today’s Iran. In Mesopotamia (Ancient Iraq), early evidence of beer is a 3900-year-old Sumerian poem has the oldest recipe for distilling beer from barley.

 Humans were drinking alcohol five thousand years ago. And they are still drinking it now. Alcohol is humanity’s friend. [MrNEET]

4. Concrete

Though, we had to rediscover it. Everyone forgot how to make it after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. [ass_munch_reborn]

5. The Blade

We are actually still using the first man made tool, the blade. The first known blade is the Oldawan chopper which was invented almost 3 million years ago by Homo Habilis. [novags500]

6. The Wheel

The wheel [KHanson25] Wheels were invented approximately 3,500 B.C and based on caveman-level technology.

7. Gunpowder

Gunpowder has been around since the 9th Century and we still use all the time in fireworks, construction, guns, etc. [-eDgAR-]


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