Discover the origins
Did you know that it was actually Egyptian civilisation who discovered Mathematics? They even invented the concepts of libraries. Similarly, every civilisation contributed some invention or discovery, which we all use today on a day-to-day basis. Let’s look at two civilisations today:
The Mesopotamia civilisation saw a lot of valuable inventions and discoveries. From teaching the humans how to farm to inventing maps, this civilisation is known for some remarkable inventions and discoveries.
The Mayan civilisation made important discoveries in the areas of science and cosmology which enabled them to create a complex calendar system.
Let’s look at some of the inventions made by these two civilisations:
Wheel: The first wheel wasn’t used for transportation. The wheel was first invented as a potter’s wheel and was believed to have existed around 3500 BC.
Sailboat: These were square in shape and the sail was made of cloth. The direction of the sailboat couldn’t be changed. If the wind didn’t blow in the direction they wanted to go, they had to wait for the wind to change in their favour.
Time: The concept of time was invented by dividing time units into 60 parts, which eventually led to 60-second minutes and 60-minute hours. The number 60 was chosen because it was easily divisible by six.
Chocolate: Many uses of the cacao bean were discovered between 250 and 900 AD. People, at that time, mixed the cacao bean with pepper and cornmeal to make a fiery chocolate drink.
Elastic: Elastics was made from latex. It was mixed with other plant substances to make elastic items with various properties, including bouncy balls. They even used it to meke bouncy elastic balls to play their popular ball games.
Now that you know how and when were these invented, how about play a little game to see where were these inventions made.