The inventions that characterized the Bronze Age were metal weapons and writing. Smelting copper and tin into bronze was the primary requirement of classifying a civilization as part of the Bronze Age, and centralized government, the pottery wheel and year-round agriculture were other innovations.Know More
The development of bronze lead to the invention of metal weapons such as swords, daggers and arrowheads; these weapons replaced earlier stone and bone weapons and tools. These defensive capabilities allowed for urban growth and the first real cities when combined with advanced forms of pottery manufacturing and more efficient agriculture. There were negative effects to these developments as well, including slavery, large-scale warfare and the early development of social classes.
Writing first appeared during the Bronze Age as well. Egypt, Sumeria, China, Crete and the Olmecs of Mesoamerica were all civilizations that developed their first writing systems during the Bronze Age. The earliest known true alphabet was invented around 2000 B.C. in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Chinese and Olmec writing systems were developed independently during the same era. Earlier writing systems, such Egyptian hieroglyphs, Minoan hieroglyphs and the Indus script from India, were considered proto-writing and consisted of pictographs and symbols that denoted objects rather than alphabets.Learn more about Ancient History
Blaise Pascal invented the first digital calculator to help his father who was a tax collector count taxes. He nicknamed the calculator "pascaline." It was capable of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.Full Answer >
Moses was 120 years old when he died. According to Deuteronomy 34:7, he lost neither his eyesight nor his strength before and was not diminished in body or mind by old age.Full Answer >
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Time was not invented in the same way that an object like the telephone was. It is more accurate to say that human beings first noticed the passage of time by the passage of the sun, moon and stars in the prehistoric era some 30,000 years ago. The ancient Babylonians first developed a mathematical system based on the number 60 and a year of 360 days, by around 1600 B.C.E.Full Answer >