Ancient Agriculture: From Foraging to Farming

Ancient Agriculture: From Foraging to Farming

by Michael Woods
     
 

What do you think of when you hear the word technology? You probably think of something totally new. But technology doesn't refer only to brand-new machines and discoveries. Each book in the Ancient Technology series provides a fascinating look at a particular area of technology as it developed in ancient times, from the first humans to the fall of the Western Roman…  See more details below

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What do you think of when you hear the word technology? You probably think of something totally new. But technology doesn't refer only to brand-new machines and discoveries. Each book in the Ancient Technology series provides a fascinating look at a particular area of technology as it developed in ancient times, from the first humans to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476. Each chapter covers a different ancient civilization, beginning with Stone Age cultures and progressing chronologically through others, such as the ancient Middle East, Egypt, China, Mesoamerica, Greece, Rome, and India; and each book includes a world map and timeline to show the location and time span of each culture.

Agriculture had changed human life more than any other form of technology. This early history of agriculture looks at the tools and methods used to raise Animals and grow crops, how agriculture led to civilizations, and how ancient people kept experimenting to find new ways to farm, preserve food, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Ancient Stone Age hunters refrigerated their mastodon meat by sinking chunks of it into cold lakes and ponds. The cold water, bacteria and low levels of oxygen helped preserve the meat for months. This is just one of the many interesting facts in this book which explores agricultural inventions and technologies developed by ancient civilizations. The book is divided into seven chapters that cover the major ancient civilizations such as China, Egypt and Rome. Photographs related to the topics provide a visual frame of reference for readers. Major technological contributions and their resulting effects are discussed. A pattern of civilizations borrowing and building upon other's advances is visible as the book progresses. This is an excellent addition for classrooms or libraries and it supports the ancient civilizations curriculum. Students writing research projects would benefit from its focused topic. This is one of eight books in the "Ancient Technology" series. 2000, Runestone Press, Ages 10 to 16, $25.26. Reviewer: Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This lively and informative overview includes a general chapter on the Stone Age as well as chapters on ancient America, Greece, and Rome. The writing is lucid and tight, providing well-organized coverage of and focus on the basic agricultural information while offering plenty of interesting and detailed asides. Well-placed and well-captioned full-color photographs and reproductions enhance the text; chapter openers and sidebars are set off on parchmentlike backgrounds. A useful map at the beginning of the book shows the geographical areas where the cultures flourished as well as the time frames for each civilization. While this title will get heaviest use for reports, it is well written enough to sustain general readers and will leave them with a greater understanding of the foods on their plates.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822529958
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Ancient Technology Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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