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

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9780521341943: Mechanics of Pre-industrial Technology: An Introduction to the Mechanics of Ancient and Traditional Material Culture

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.

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."..this book has many strengths and is a welcome addition to the literature of both prehistoric and historical archaeology." American Antiquity ."..the empirical data...are clearly crucial to the improved understanding of the subject...Indeed, one of the strengths of this book is that it brings together so much of this empirical information in its tables and figures, a feature that by itself is almost enough to make the book worth having." Isis

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Cotterell, Brian, Kamminga, Johan
Editorial: Cambridge University Press (1991)
ISBN 10: 0521341949 ISBN 13: 9780521341943
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Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1991. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110521341949

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Descripción Cambridge University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0521341949 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1136331

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