Some of the first boats were likely invented and used by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians as far back as 3000 BC. These ancient civilizations used anything from small boats that were crafted from wood, bark and animal hides, to large sea-going vessels constructed mainly from cedar planks.
Boats used by the Ancient Egyptians had large sails that took advantage of the predictable wind that always blew north to south on the Nile river. Ores were used to row the boats from south to north on return trips when exporting valuable cedar wood from Lebanon. The large vessels used for trade and capable of sea travel were called 'Byblos.' One of these examples was found buried next to a pyramid at Giza, dating back to 2500 BC.Learn More
The first boats are believed to have been built by the prehistoric hominid species, Homo erectus. The oldest boat to be recovered archaeologically is the Pesse dugout canoe from Holland dated to approximately 8,000 B.C.Full Answer >
The first recorded use of candles is in fat-based items invented by the Egyptians circa 3000 B.C. These candles, called rushlights, were made from reeds coated in animal fat.Full Answer >
The first sundials were built by the Egyptians and the Babylonians. These sundials date as far back as 5,000 BC. However, the first evidently purpose-built sundial was not constructed until 800 BC.Full Answer >
There is no real way to pinpoint who exactly invented the first ship or the concept of using a boat, but most historians agree that the Egyptians were the first culture to create and regularly use ships in long-distance trade, travel and exploration. Before the Egyptians, early man would lash logs together as a crude raft or hollow out logs for short-distance travel.Full Answer >