Ancient Construction Technology

From Pyramids to Fortresses

From the Series Technology in Ancient Cultures

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

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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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF061000, JNF025020
Dewey 690.093
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

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 →


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