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Mechanics of Pre-Industrial Technology: An Introduction to the Mechanics of Ancient and Traditional Material Culture

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This is the first general account of the mechanics behind pre-industrial technology. By combining the skills of an engineer and an archaeologist, it shows how mechanics can be used to create a better understanding of the function of artifacts and the achievements of early technology. The authors examine technology from the earliest stone tools of more than two million years ago to the erection of the statues of Easter Island which continued into the seventeenth century. Representative material cultures from most areas of the world have been selected for this study and the book shows how sophisticated many of their apparently simple techniques and artefacts actually were. After an introduction to basic mechanics the book examines the elements of machines: the various structures which can be made to bridge openings; the mechanics involved in fashioning stone tools; projectiles such as the spear and boomerang; the efficiency of transport by land and water; and the mechanics of musical instruments.

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This is the first general account of the mechanics behind pre-industrial technology. The authors examine technology from the earliest stone tools of more than two million years ago to the erection of the statues of Easter Island which continued into the seventeenth century.

Synopsis:

First general account of the mechanics behind pre-industrial technology, combining the skills of an engineer and an archaeologist.

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Basic mechanics; 3. Fluids and solids; 4. Machines; 5. Structures; 6. Stone tools; 7. Projectiles; 8. Land transport; 9. Water transport; 10. Musical instruments; 11. Epilogue; Appendixes; References; Index.

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ISBN:
9780521428712
Kamminga, Johan:
Cotterell, Brian
Author:
Kamminga, Johan
Author:
Cotterell, Brian
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mechanics
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Material culture
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19920431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
159 b/w illus. 22 tables
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.28x7.52x.73 in. 1.38 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This is the first general account of the mechanics behind pre-industrial technology. The authors examine technology from the earliest stone tools of more than two million years ago to the erection of the statues of Easter Island which continued into the seventeenth century.
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