Ancient Construction Technology: From Pyramids to Fortresses

Ancient Construction Technology: From Pyramids to Fortresses

by Michael Woods, Mary B. Woods
     
 

Did you know . . . The ancient Maya built magnificent pyramid-temples? Ancient Chinese builders created central home heating systems? One ancient Greek monument was taller than a ten-story building? Construction technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth built simple structures. They made houses from wood, clay, and animal skins. Over

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Did you know . . . The ancient Maya built magnificent pyramid-temples? Ancient Chinese builders created central home heating systems? One ancient Greek monument was taller than a ten-story building? Construction technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth built simple structures. They made houses from wood, clay, and animal skins. Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about construction. People in the ancient Middle East made clay roofing tiles. The ancient Egyptians moved thousands of stones into place to build giant pyramids. The ancient Chinese built a wall across northern China. The ancient Romans created massive arched roofs, long bridges, strong roads, and systems for moving water. What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient builders use? Which of their buildings and monuments are still standing? And how did ancient construction set the stage for our own modern building technology? Learn more in Ancient Construction Technology.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
In the Ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, large temple-pyramids were the site of a bloody ritual. It is believed that prisoners were made to climb the steps to the top of the pyramid. Here, they were met by a holy man who would slice open their chests and pull out their still-beating hearts. Blood would pour down the stairs, as other captives continued to climb. Stories like this connect static, ancient structures to the vibrant, living cultures they were once a part of. Michael and Mary B. Woods brilliantly combine understandable explanations of construction materials and technique with descriptions of the life the structures contained. An introduction covers basic construction concerns, such as weather and intended use, then gives some simple examples. These ideas are extended and connected to specific cultural needs in chapters on the Ancient Middle East, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, the Ancient Americas, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. As in other volumes of the "Technology in Ancient Cultures" series, the final chapter relates modern construction to the ancient ways. The timeline that follows unites the development in each culture one chronological pattern. Perfectly placed photographs with clear captions give instant visual aid to the text. The glossary, index, and suggestions for further reading make this book useful for research or a classroom study of any of these ancient cultures or construction techniques. From the grand pyramids of Egypt to the humble cave dwellings of China, ancient construction technology is made exciting and informative. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761365273
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Technology in Ancient Cultures Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Mary B. Woods is an elementary school librarian in the Fairfax County (VA) Public School system. She has presented at international librarians' conferences. Mary is the researcher on the Woods team, and Michael is the writer. They have written almost 40 books.

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