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.
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
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
Source Notes 88
Selected Bibliography 90
Further Reading 91