Etruscan Hydro-Technologies

Drainages, meanders and mazes are part of the heritage of symbols and water practices of the Etruscan civilization which settled in central and southern Italy from pre-historic times to Roman antiquity. Continue reading “Etruscan Hydro-Technologies”

Mycenaean Bridges; in constant operation for at least 3,000 years

The ancient bridges and their remnants located in the vicinity of Mycenae and Arkadico villages are considered to be the world’s oldest bridges. The bridges were built with massive irregular limestone blocks, called Cyclopean boulders, in the Bronze Age. Two of the four objects discussed here are still in operation, occasionally used for the needs of local agriculture. Continue reading “Mycenaean Bridges; in constant operation for at least 3,000 years”

The study of geotechnical works constructed in Mycenean Greece reveals skilled engineering, excellent experience and knowledge on construction-site management and project management

Here we present selected parts of the paper titled “Geological Knowledge of Greeks in the Era of Trojan War“, by Professor emeritus of Geology Ilias D. Mariolakos, taken from the impressive collective work “Science and Technology in Homeric Epics“, edited by S.A. Paipetis (Springer, 2008). Continue reading “The study of geotechnical works constructed in Mycenean Greece reveals skilled engineering, excellent experience and knowledge on construction-site management and project management”

The genius of Archimedes; Sun-focusing mirrors and Steam cannons – The legend tested by modern Science

This post is a summary of information on two legendary inventions of Archimedes, the ancient Greek mathematician and engineer; the Sun-focusing mirrors and the Steam cannon, both used to defend Syracuse from the Romans. Science has tested whether or not inventions like these were possible (and, to what extent, effective) back then. Continue reading “The genius of Archimedes; Sun-focusing mirrors and Steam cannons – The legend tested by modern Science”

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