So, this extraordinary claim has been getting a lot of publicity lately:


They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall. And I looked at every single car out there, even the really expensive ones the secret service use. And believe me, they are expensive. I said "do they all have wheels?". "Yes". "Oh, I thought it was medieval." The wheel is older than the wall, you know that?

Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States of America

I'm pretty sure I know about this, but was the wall invented before, or after the wheel?


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No, walls predate wheels by several millenia.

The invention of the wheel is generally placed at around 3500-4500 BCE. However walls were famously built around the town of Jericho in 8000-9000BCE, so they are at least that old.

More information can be found here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/10/president-trump-is-wheel-older-than-wall/2539339002/

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