Ancient Machine Technology
From Wheels to Forges
From the Series Technology in Ancient Cultures
Did you know . . .
• Ancient people used bows to drill holes and start fires?
• The ancient Chinese built a machine to detect earthquakes?
•The ancient Romans operated a factory for milling grain?
Machine technology is as old as human society itself. The first humans on Earth used basic machines. They used stone axes to butcher meat. They use levers to pry roots and rocks from the ground. Over the centuries, ancient peoples learned to make more complicated machines. People in the ancient Middle East devised wheels and pulleys. The ancient Chinese created wheelbarrows and bellows. The ancient Greeks built big war machines.
What kinds of tools and techniques did ancient craftspeople use? Which methods worked and which didn’t? And how did ancient machines set the stage for our own modern machines? Learn more in Ancient Machine Technology.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
Library Media Connection
“A map, timeline, glossary, and bibliography are included in these books which provide more than ample material for classes in history, health, and technology.” —Library Media Connection
The Horn Book Guide
“Each volume focuses on a different type of technology used by ancient world civilizations. After an informative overview section, chapters discuss particular civilizations and their specific technologies. The texts successfully show both the uniqueness of and similarities among the devices or techniques. Numerous captioned photographs, sidebars, and quotations add supplementary information. Epilogues relate how ancient technology is still being used today.” —The Horn Book Guide
“Each book is well written and understandable, offering a simplified look at occasionally complex scientific, historical, and geographical information. The authors’ style and language flow as they define words when needed and at other times use descriptive details or modern comparisons to make things clear. Adding strength and flavor to the authors’ prose, each volume includes actual quotes from ancient texts and historical observers…. Teachers and librarians will find these valuable resources, and teens steeped in today’s modern technology will be interested to see the creativity of ancient peoples.” —VOYA
“The information in this series would be very good for a cross–curricular lesson, for example relating science to social studies.” —NSTA
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 is the researcher on the Woods team, and Michael is the writer. They have written almost 40 books.
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. 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 →