Innovation, Specialization, and Productivity. New inventions created the surpluses making civilization possible. . The potter's wheel facilitated faster and higher‑quality pottery for more secure food storage. Specialized workers produced pots and exchanged them for food from other communities. Better tools improved wood or stone products. The invention of the wheel allowed movement of huge stones for monumental construction. The Middle East was the first region to move from the stone tool age to the Bronze Age. The improved tools and weapons increased food production and stimulated commerce.