Ancient Transportation Technology: From Oars to Elephants

Ancient Transportation Technology: From Oars to Elephants

by Michael Woods, Mary B. Woods
     
 

Did you know . . . People first used skis more than 8,000 years ago? The first wheels were used in pottery—not for transportation? Traffic jams often clogged the streets of ancient Rome? Transportation technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth used simple transportation tools. They bundled logs together to make rafts. They used

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Did you know . . . People first used skis more than 8,000 years ago? The first wheels were used in pottery—not for transportation? Traffic jams often clogged the streets of ancient Rome? Transportation technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth used simple transportation tools. They bundled logs together to make rafts. They used long poles and flat boards to carry heavy loads. Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned more about transportation. The ancient Indians trained elephants and horses for travel. The ancient Chinese developed the first compasses. The ancient Greeks built massive battleships. So what kinds of tools and techniques did ancient people use? How did maps of the world improve over time? And how did ancient transportation set the stage for our own modern transportation technology? Learn more in Ancient Transportation Technology.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
When it comes to ancient technology, there really is no need to reinvent the wheel. In fact, experts think that the wheel was probably only invented once, then the idea spread from Mesopotamia to other civilizations. Other modes of transportation, too, were shared between cultures more easily than other technology. While each ancient civilization did make unique contributions, sledges, animals, boats, and wheeled carts were the basic elements in most places. While the authors do an excellent job of introducing the regions and their modes of transport, this book is unfortunately more repetitive and less original than other volumes in the "Technology of Ancient Cultures" series. Transportation and all technology connected to transportation, like the compasses of China or the highways of Ancient Rome, are covered in depth. Illustrations highlight the information and give visual explanation for many ideas. A timeline combines the advances made across the cultures in a single locale. A source list and index make research easy. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761365242
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 0.40(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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