Ancient techniques from the tomb of Rekmara
Carving a statue of Thothmes. They are working on a sawn block of granite. The outline is being measured and drawn, and then the surplus stone is being rubbed away with abrasive stones.
A column is similarly ground into shape by hand.
Carving a dad
All the stages in working gold
Cutting hide into long strips and then twisting the strips to make a very strong rope.
Cutting with a saw, and woodworking with adze.
Smelting metal in a furnace with four bellows, then pouring the liquid metal into a series of moulds.
The bass relief from Nineveh showing workers with wedges, poles and rope in a well wheeled cart.
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