It’s the world’s oldest known toy car!
Toy cars seem to be as old as the wheel. This miniature car, probably meant to be a chariot, is made entirely of stone. It was unearthed during excavations in Kiziltepe, Mardin in southeastern Turkey. Archaeologist Mesut Alp estimates that it’s 7500 years old.
Stone dolls and whistles were also found in the area. We love imagining the old-time toy inventors!
Other wheeled toys from the Stone Age have been found, but this is the first with four wheels like a modern car. It’s not all that different from a 2015 Modarri! Here it’s alongside our ready-to-paint Modarri DIY Car.
The Stone Age toy car is now on display at the Mardin Museum.