Mechanics of Pre-industrial Technology

An Introduction to the Mechanics of Ancient and Traditional Material Culture

Author: Brian Cotterell,Johan Kamminga

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521428712

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 325

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

Author: Colin Chant,David Goodman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134636199

Category: Science

Page: 368

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This, the first book in the series, explores cities from the earliest earth built settlements to the dawn of the industrial age exploring ancient, Medieval, early modern and renaissance cities. Among the cities examined are Uruk, Babylon, Thebes, Athens, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Siena, Florence, Antwerp, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Timbuktu, Great Zimbabwe, Hangzhou, Beijing and Hankou Among the technologies discussed are: irrigation, water transport, urban public transport, aqueducts, building materials such as brick and Roman concrete, weaponry and fortifications, street lighting and public clocks.
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The Sounds and Colors of Power

The Sacred Metallurgical Technology of Ancient West Mexico

Author: Dorothy Hosler

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262082303

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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"This major study suggests that prehispanic metallurgy was adopted in western Mexico ca. AD 600 from northern South America. Presents technical analyses and a comprehensive theory for development of Mesoamerican metallurgy. Argues that metals were a ritual and elite material that expressed sacredness and social relations"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
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Fractography

Observing, Measuring and Interpreting Fracture Surface Topography

Author: Derek Hull

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521646840

Category: Science

Page: 366

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An advanced 1999 text for those working in materials science and related inter-disciplinary subjects.
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Super Structures

The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering

Author: Mark Denny

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801894360

Category: Mathematics

Page: 266

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Ever wonder how a graceful and slender bridge can support enormous loads over truly astonishing spans? Why domes and free-standing arches survive earthquakes that flatten the rest of a city? Physicist Mark Denny looks at the large structures around us—tall buildings, long bridges, and big dams—and explains how they were designed and built and why they sometimes collapse, topple, or burst. Denny uses clear, accessible language to explain the physics behind such iconic structures as the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, the Forth Rail Bridge in Edinburgh, and Hoover Dam. His friendly approach allows readers to appreciate the core principles that keep these engineering marvels upright without having to master complex mathematical equations. Employing history, humor, and simple physics to consider such topics as when to use screws or nails, what trusses are, why iron beams are often I-shaped, and why medieval cathedrals have buttresses, Denny succeeds once again in making physics fun.
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Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology

Examining Technology Through Production and Use

Author: Jeffrey R. Ferguson

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 9781607320234

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Designing Experimental Research in Archaeology is a guide for the design of archaeological experiments for both students and scholars. Experimental archaeology provides a unique opportunity to corroborate conclusions with multiple trials of repeatable experiments and can provide data otherwise unavailable to archaeologists without damaging sites, remains, or artifacts. Each chapter addresses a particular classification of material culture-ceramics, stone tools, perishable materials, composite hunting technology, butchering practices and bone tools, and experimental zooarchaeology-detailing issues that must be considered in the development of experimental archaeology projects and discussing potential pitfalls. The experiments follow coherent and consistent research designs and procedures and are placed in a theoretical context, and contributors outline methods that will serve as a guide in future experiments. This degree of standardization is uncommon in traditional archaeological research but is essential to experimental archaeology. The field has long been in need of a guide that focuses on methodology and design. This book fills that need not only for undergraduate and graduate students but for any archaeologist looking to begin an experimental research project.
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The American Historical Association's guide to historical literature

Author: Mary Beth Norton

Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 2027

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This entirely new edition of a keystone reference is the place to start researching any topic in any field of history. Hundreds of historians from around the world have selected and provided commentary on the best and most useful works in their fields--almost 27,000 annotated citations--to provide unprecedented bibliographic guidance of extraordinary breadth, from prehistory to the twentieth century. Presented in an accessible format, this completely new work has been ten years in planning and execution. It is divided into sections arranged by chronology and national and regional history, with each section introduced by a brief historiographical essay. And it also contains expanded coverage of Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Each bibliographic citation is identified by a unique reference number and includes all essential data, along with a brief critical annotation written by a specialist in the field. Also included are guides to the contributors of annotations and complete author and subject indexes. An indispensable work for scholars, students, librarians, and general readers, the AHA Guide to Historical Literature is essential for anyone who is serious about history.
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