The Mesopotamians

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Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Just as we do today, ancient people wanted heated homes and baths, reliable roads, and sturdy vehicles for land and sea travel. Technology of the Ancients shows how society benefited from the ingenuity of forward-thinking inventors and engineers who created tools and techniques that improved everyday life in the ancient world. Each title focuses on an ancient civilization's unique contributions. Irrigation and terracing practices ensured excellent crops for Aztec farmers, while the Mesopotamians' most important invention, the wheel, revolutionized trade and travel for the entire ancient world. China's silk, paper, and gunpowder brought its faraway neighbors to the East along the Silk Road. Viking shipbuilding produced the impressive longships that carried terrifying raiders throughout Europe. Roman roads and aqueducts are still marvels of invention today. from compasses and calendars to weapons and weaving looms, here is a fascinating look at innovation through the ages.

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Wil Mara is the author of more than seventy books for adults and young readers, including "Wave, "which won the New Jersey National Book Award. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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