Ancient Agricultural Technology
From Sickles to Plows
From the Series Technology in Ancient Cultures
Did you know . . .
• Ancient Romans invented a machine to harvest grain?
• Farmers in ancient China destroyed the pests that harmed crops by bringing in their natural predators?
• The ancient Mayans restored nutrients to the soil by planting corn and beans together?
People learned to farm more than twelve thousand years ago. The first farmers used simple technology. They carried water to their crops by hand. They made farm tools from wood and animal bones. Over the centuries, ancient farmers devised better technology. Ancient Middle Easterners learned to breed sheep to produce different colors of wool. The ancient Chinese learned how to grow more rice using irrigation techniques. The ancient Greeks built machines for pumping water, grinding grain, and crushing grapes and olives.
What kinds of crops did ancient farmers grow? What kind of animals did they raise? And how did people get their food before agriculture? Learn more in Ancient Agricultural Technology.
|Grade 6 - Grade 12
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Twenty-First Century Books ™
Author: Mary B. Woods
Mary B. Woods is an elementary school librarian in the Fairfax County (VA) Public School system. She has presented at international librarians' conferences. Mary has worked with her husband, Michael Woods, to write almost forty books. She is the researcher, and Michael is the writer.
Author: Michael Woods
Michael Woods is a science and medical writer whose nationally syndicated newspaper stories and columns have won numerous national awards. He directs a program at the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, to inform the public about science. He and his wife, Mary B. Woods, have written almost forty books together. Michael is the writer, and Mary is the researcher.
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Technology in Ancient Cultures
How did early peoples around the world approach construction, communication, computing, transportation, agriculture, machinery, medicine, and warfare? This fascinating, easy-to-read series gives young readers a close-up look at how the ancients got things done. Each book takes a basic… View available downloads →