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Encyclopedia > Timeline of inventions

This is a list of inventions, listed in chronological order.


Significant inventions not assigned

pre homo sapiens technology:

  • language (the actual set of words and grammatical structure rather than the evolution of the biological ability for language)

with homo sapiens:

  • use of pigments (cave paintings/ ceremonial body paint/ painting of clothes and artifacts).
  • dugout boat
  • the pulley

Significant inventions, arranged in chronological order

Note: Dates for inventions are often controversial. Inventions are often invented by several inventors around the same time, or may be invented in an impractical form many years before another inventor improves the invention into a practical form. Where there is ambiguity, the date of the first practical, fielded, version of the invention should be used here.

Paleolithic Era

8th millennium BC

7th millennium BC

4th millennium BC

39th century BC

33rd century BC

31st century BC

3rd millennium BC

29th century BC

27th century BC

23rd century BC

22nd century BC

21st century BC

  • Cretan writing

2nd millennium BC

19th century BC

18th century BC

16th century BC

15th century BC

1st millennium BC

7th century BC

6th century BC

5th century BC

4th century BC

screw: Archytas

3rd century BC

2nd century BC

1st century BC

1st millennium

1st century

2nd century

3rd century

The Nydam Boats. Without sails but with ship-hulls similar to that of the later age viking-ships.

4th century

Stirrups Earliest known evidence found in a Jin tomb.

5th century

6th century

7th century

8th century

9th century

10th century

  • Gunpowder (in China: some ref says 8th century?)

2nd millennium

11th century

12th century

13th century

14th century

15th century

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century









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