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originally posted by: Biigs
a reply to: rickymouse
i thought he had stone rollers and a wood chassis?
originally posted by: redhorse
a reply to: purplemer
I'm baffled. It doesn't look like a chariot, it doesn't even look like a cart pulled by anything. A cart would have a tongue extending out (as two examples posted do) that the animals are hooked to. This doesn't even seem to have a place where it had one. Not to mention, horses weren't domesticated until 5000 years ago (although some estimates will push that back to up to 7000 but it's a stretch).
Where this was found would be really important in trying to determine what draft animals may have been used and what agricultural activity may have been going on at the time. At the same time if the culture had the capacity to make a self propelled machine this representation does seem a bit crude. We don't know anything about the society and how the social strata were divided in terms of access to resources. Maybe clay was all they had to make a model of it... Somebody mentioned that it looks like a baby stroller and it looks a bit like that to me too, but honestly I can only spitball here; I am scratching my head.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
The "toy cars" are real, and Sumerian. They aren't "ooparts" however, they're just ancient children's toys. Sumerians first utilized the wheel.
Posted here on ATS about two years ago:
7500 Year Old Toy Car and World's Oldest Title Deed
Seeing as only the most uneducated would suggest that 3,000 years ago we only lived in caves, I'm a little cautious how much credibility to give to the rest of the article.