A button is as important as cloth and thread. You wouldn’t want to use Velcro in your shirts and jeans, would you?
But have you ever wondered where an invention as simple and essential as this came from? Who first came up with the ingenious idea of tucking a piece of plastic into a hole to hold our clothes together so that we wouldn’t have to tie pins all over our body?
Well, you’d be surprised to know how old buttons actually are.
They were invented between 2500-1700 BC, in one of the earliest civilizations of the Old World– the Indus Valley Civilization.
Here, we have compiled a list of simple objects and inventions of everyday use that are thousands of years old.
Keep scrolling down and be amazed.
A “levee” exists naturallyor is sometimes artificiallyconstructed wall or barrier which regulates water levels. It is usually build in the earth alongside a river to prevent flooding.
The earliest levees were constructed sometime around 2600 BC.
The earliest furnace that was unearthed dates back to 2500 through 1900 BCE. According to archaeologists the furnace was initially used for manufacturing ceramic objects.
The concept of a furnace was crucial in the process of industrial development in the following ages and civilizations.
The Dental Drill:
Dentistry has its roots in the Indus Valley Civilization. A very primitive form of the dental drill excavated from the ancient site was probably used during 7000 BC.
Fire Drills/ Hand Drills/Pump Drills:
Ancient folks learnt how to control fire during the 4th and 5th millennium BC. With the help of an instrument called a “bow drill”.
The first plough was invented as early as the 6th millennium BC. Thank goodness for this or farming would have been a lot more difficult and time consuming. Don’t you think?
Primitive, Button-like objects excavated from the Indus Valley Civilization dated back to 2800–2600 BCE. They were mostly used as ornaments rather than fasteners for clothes.
The Indus Valley Civilization made a huge contribution to mathematics by inventing the first form of ruler for making the process of measuring things a lot easier.
Rulers made of ivorywere in use before 1500 BC.