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The seventy great inventions of the ancient world

Author: Brian M Fagan
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A latest installment of the popular series is a survey of early human innovations from tools and cooking utensils to early transportation vehicles and contraceptives, in an illustrated history that  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian M Fagan
ISBN: 0500051305 9780500051306
OCLC Number: 456742614
Description: 304 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Timeline --
Introduction --
Technologies --
Stone tools --
Fire --
Wooden tools --
Composite tools, blades & chisels --
Bone & antler tools --
Grinders, polishers & polished axes --
Baskets & basketry --
Pottery --
Copper, bronze, gold & silver --
Iron & steel --
Glass --
Textiles & weaving --
Shelter & subsistence --
Houses --
Stone architecture --
Furniture --
Lighting & heating --
Water supplies & plumbing --
Bathing & sanitation --
Security --
Cereal agriculture --
From digging-sticks to ploughs --
Irrigation --
Handmills, watermills & pumps --
Gardens --
The domestication of animals --
Cooking --
Fermented beverages --
Food preservation --
Chocolate & tea --
Drugs & narcotics --
Transportation --
Skis, snowshoes, toboggans & skates --
Wheels & carts --
Horses & horse equipment --
Tracks & roads --
Bridges & canals --
Camels & camel saddles --
Rafts & logboats --
Planked boats & ships --
Sailing vessels --
Paddles, poles & oars --
Navigation, harbours & lighthouses --
Hunting, warfare & sport --
Animal & fish traps, fishing nets --
Spearthrowers, boomerangs & bows & arrows --
Swords, daggers & war spears --
Armour, helmets & shields --
Fortifications --
Siege engines, catapults & crossbows --
Chariots & cavalry --
Galleys & warships --
Ball games & competitive sports --
Board games --
Art & science --
The earliest art --
Music & musical instruments --
Writing --
Codes & ciphers --
Books & paper --
Astrology & astronomy --
Calendars & the measurement of time --
Maps & cartography --
Mathematics & counting devices --
Coinage & money --
Balances, weights & measures --
General medicine --
Surgery & surgical instruments --
Mummies & mummification --
Adorning the person --
Body art & tattooing --
Clothing, shoes & wigs --
Jewelry --
Cosmetics & perfumes --
Contraceptives & aphrodisiacs.
Other Titles: 70 great inventions of the ancient world
Responsibility: edited by Brian M. Fagan.

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