Ancient Agricultural Technology: From Sickles to Plows

Ancient Agricultural Technology: From Sickles to Plows

by Michael Woods, Mary B. Woods

Hardcover(Library Binding)



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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761365266
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2011
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

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Before Agriculture 10

Chapter 2 The Ancient Middle East 20

Chapter 3 Ancient Egypt 32

Chapter 4 Ancient China 38

Chapter 5 The Ancient Americas 48

Chapter 6 Ancient Greece 58

Chapter 7 Ancient Rome 64

Epilogue After the Ancients 72

Timeline 84

Glossary 86

Source Notes 88

Selected Bibliography 90

Further Reading 91

Websites 93

Index 94

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