The First Toy Car
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A cache of 5,000-year-old children’s toys was unearthed at one of the world’s oldest settlements. It includes the world’s earliest toy “car”—an earthen, four-wheeled chariot.
Researchers discovered the toy carriage inside a complex of tombs in the city of Sogmatar, Turkey, then a necropolis and religious center dedicated to the Moon god, Sin. One of the tombs, likely a child’s grave, featured the wheeled toy and a rattle with a bird motif.
Like the chariot, the rattle is the oldest of its kind. Few could afford such sophisticated toys, so they were probably made for the children of kings or other Bronze Age hotshots.
The good thing about the modern version of these toys is that they are probably a lot more durable than the others. Most are probably cheap enough and common enough that you don't have to be a King's kid or hotshot to afford them.
Coffee out on the patio this morning. Temps are supposed to be in the 70s.