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World’s Oldest Toy Car (7500 years ago)

July 23,  2012


The world’s earliest toy car (L) and title deed, unearthed at excavation sites in Mardin’s K?z?ltepe district, are on display at the Mardin Museum. (Photo: Cihan)

Is this little ancient toy the earliest evidence of the wheel?



MessageToEagle.com– Today parents buy their children electric car toys to play with, but thousands of years ago the situation was somewhat different.

Yet, this ancient discovery reveals our ancestors were aware of the wheel 7500 years ago!

A stone car with two axles and 4 wheels dating from about 7500 years ago was found during excavations in the Kiziltepe district of the southeastern province of Mardin, are now on display at the Mardin Museum, Turkey.

Archaeologist Mesut Alp said that the toy car, which is made out of stone, dates back to the late Stone Age and is thought to be 7,500 years old.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    It’s a wagon. The front, with the wide spaced wheels, has a hitch point. The rear wheels have a smaller wheelbase because that makes turning easier. We already knew that there were wheels of that era but this may be the oldest discovery, assuming anyone who calls it a car can be trusted to do archeology.

    • November 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      you are probably right, thank you for the observations. I just thought the article was worth sharing and if this story got to you and you made something out of it, then i declare it a good post. 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    May 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Really. China. This screams fraud.

  3. Crazywolf53
    June 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    This is definitely fake. The thing hasn’t even aged. There is no patina. And yes, just about every eastern and middle-eastern country has extensive experience in faking things.

  4. Anonymous
    June 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    more peculiar is the interpretation that this is a toy. maybe this is a fraud, but if not, stone is incredibly hard to work without powered machinery. It’s very hard to accept the notion that an ancient civilization would have wasted so much effort and man hours making a novelty while the same sorts of efforts were typically aimed at creating either sacred or utilitarian objects.

    • July 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      maybe a father put the effort to build it for his son 🙂

      • Shooter1001
        July 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        Teach the kid to hunt! Or make a spear point.

  5. Anonymous
    September 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Not sure If I believe this or not. It’s a difficult one. I’m no archeologist, but it seems far fetched as per the above comments that someone would make this out of stone. Did they recognise the definition of a toy that far back? And if so why such a big gap between this and the next youngest toys, for say. Do they have any evidence of toys in say 1500’s? Why would they not choose to carve this out of wood rather then stone? Seeing as that’s what the actual carts would have been made of?

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Ok maybe the toy was meant to outlast an actual cart? Maybe there were larger carts of the like made of wood that wouldn’t leave a trace as far as historically because they rot, waste or more than likely burn away… this whole story seems fake…. to be honest… No snopes on the case yet…. and if that was an actual historical toy It says to me that someone told us how to design these things… looking at it it looks like a drag car and not a great design for hauling things… looks like it was meant to ride.. so downhill would be an option… but with no roads…. I don’t know…. weird to think about though.

  6. Sam.I.Am
    April 5, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Other than the use of the word “car” to describe this toy, this is pretty cool, if it is from 7500 years ago its definitely not a car and I don’t need to be an Archaeologist to know that. Also some other comment mention why there aren’t many other toys from this period of time and or saying that there is a “gap” in time where we don’t find many toys at all. This could be because most toys made back then were probably made from wood, which unless kept in the right conditions would just rot away over time and there would be nothing left to find. Also kids can be very rough with their toys, and if things were mostly made of wood that would mean they can break easier as well. The lack of toys doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t have toys back then, it just means they were probably made of something less permanent than stone.

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