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Late Bronze Age timeline: 2000 – 1000 BC

By |2017-09-10T17:55:52+00:00September 10th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Earliest known spoked wheels, from a grave in western Siberia When about 2000 BC the Central Asians invented better wheels with spokes, so you could fight from your chariot, a new wave of Indo-Europeans moved from Central Asia west to Greece, and Italy, or south into Egypt and Iran, and from Iran about 1500 BC to India. Some of [...]

Wheel and axle – Simple machines – Physics

By |2018-09-10T13:51:45+00:00August 17th, 2017|Central Asia, Physics|

An Egyptian potter uses a pottery wheel, about 2000 BC. He uses his hand to spin the wheel. Wheels do not exist in nature, and no animals use them except people (though some animals do use gears, which are a special kind of wheel). People didn't use wheels either until the early Bronze Age, [...]

Shang Dynasty China – The first dynasty of ancient China

By |2018-05-11T23:14:16+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Shang Dynasty China: Late Shang bronze pitcher from Henan, about 1100 BC, with inscription (Musee Guimet, Paris) China enters the Bronze Age Around 2000 BC, people in China learned how to make bronze out of tin and copper, so we call this the Bronze Age. About the same time, people in China also [...]

Sewing, wheels, and steel – Central Asian science

By |2018-09-20T06:17:32+00:00June 1st, 2017|Central Asia, Science|

Central Asian science: A clay pot with a drawing of a wheeled cart from what is now Poland, about 3500 BC What was invented in Central Asia? Many of the world's most useful inventions come from Central Asia: sewing, leather, cart wheels and spinning wheels, burning coal. And then also the compound and [...]