Ancient Agricultural Technology

From Sickles to Plows

From the Series Technology in Ancient Cultures

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

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.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-76137-269-1
$47.98 $35.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
BISACS JNF051020, JNF025020, JNF061000
Dewey 630.93
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Mary B. Woods

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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. Michael is the writer on the Woods team, and Mary is the researcher. They have written almost 40 books.

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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 →