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Although there is no historical record of the first candles used by man, clay candle holders dating from 4,000 -3,000 B.C. have been found in Egypt and a bronze candleholder was found in (Tutankhamen's tomb) so they have been credited as the first ones to develop candles.  However,  the Ancient Egyptians used rushlights or torches, made by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow.  The rushlights had no wick like a candle.  It is the Romans who are credited with developing the wick candle, using it to aid travelers at dark, and lighting homes and places of worship at night.