"What came first, the
potters wheel or the wheel? Is there any evidence of the potter's wheel or
wheel being developed in the Americas?
be much more difficult to
perform. It is an important part of everyday life and is seen everywhere. But
only a few people truly know where the wheel was developeThrough research,
scientists have found that there is no evidence of the wheel throughout the
Paleolithic period or the early Neolithic period. Researchers have found
evidence of wheels being used in the Old World during a period called the New Stone
Age and the Bronze Age. It is known that Egyptians began centering clay upon a
potter's wheel in order to create pottery before 4000 B. C. It is believed that
the potter's wheel preceded the wheel used by the Sumerians for transportation.
There is no evidence of the .wheel or potter's wheel
being developed in either of the Americas so it is assumed that it was brought
over from the Old World. However, it is believed that the Mayans were using
some primitive version of a wheel before the Spaniards conquered the area. The
actual origin of their wheel is unknown.
is hard to believe that something as simple as a wheel can have so much
history. The fact that it has been around for so long brings up questions in
the minds of researchers as to what is actually accurate. Not many people stop
to wonder about where the wheel actually came from, it is simply
taken for granted that it is here for our convenience. It has become a part of
everyday life. There are different types of wheels all around, some that people
do not even notice. Wheels have evolved greatly and made such an impact on