Technology of Ancient Egypt
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This paper explores the the technological and cultural achievements of ancient Egypt with an emphasis on the pyramids and how they were constructed. First, the paper presents numerous scientific advances of ancient Egyptian civilization. Then, an in-depth discussion of pyramid construction and the reasons behind building these tombs is presented. Various dynasties are described in light of the ongoing development of ancient Egyptian architecture. The paper continues by giving a detailed account of how today's archeologists believe the pyramids were constructed, showing which materials were used and how the ancient Egyptians fashioned tools to aid in building. The paper concludes by citing some extant examples of ancient Egyptian tombs and pyramids.
From the Paper:"Ancient Egyptians were, even without including the pyramids, highly successful in terms of technological advancement. In the Early Dynastic period, from 2950 - 2575 B.C., the Egyptians were creating the capitol city of Memphis, designing underground burial tombs, practicing mummification, and using early forms of hieroglyphs (Baines). Further, these highly intellectual individuals developed, according to author Peter James, antibiotics (9), numerous surgical instruments (14), canals (88), automatically opening doors (122), plank built ships (83), black ink (94), and a host of other inventions. After improving stone working technologies in the Predynastic period (5,500 - 3,100 B.C.), the Egyptians of the Dynastic period discovered and improved masonry, allowing them to develop multiple artifacts of limestone, sandstone, granite, calcite, basalt, and quartzite. Those artifacts included statues, vessels, beads, sarcophagi, obelisks, and, of course, the pyramids (Stocks, 13)."
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