Secrets of Lost Empires: Reconstructing the Glories of Ages Past
Sterling Publishing, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 224 pages
How were the great civilizations of the past able to build Stonehenge, the Pyramids, Egyptian obelisks, the Colosseum, and the Inca monuments-without modern technology? That's the question that Nova and the BBC set out to answer. Recruiting engineers, architects, archaeologists, stonemasons, and other assorted craftsmen, they attempted to re-create these five wonders of ages past. With one stipulation: only resources available in the respective eras were to be used. This remarkable undertaking was captured vividly in the acclaimed TV series, "Secrets of Lost Empires." Eye-popping photographs capture these problems: moving a 40-ton stone across the countryside before standing it upright and placing another stone on top; building an amphitheater cover with timber, canvas, and rope; making a grass suspension bridge over a canyon in the Andes. Through riveting storytelling and revealing photos documenting the workers' frustration, humor, relief, and wonder, a deep sense of admiration for the skill of ancient minds and hands emerges. 224 pages (all in color), 7 1/2 x 9 3/4.
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