Chapter 2 Ptah-Hotep and the Bag Press 2500 BCE

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The ancient Egyptians were excellent engineers, especially considering the paucity of tools and materials they had available. But with their human- and animal-powered machines, they invented a host of real and useful technologies.

Building a Replica of the First Food Processor

The ancient ruins of the Egyptian city of Memphis stretch for nearly 20 miles along the banks of the Nile River. The oldest artifacts date back five millennia to the “Old Kingdom,” the period during which the earliest known pyramids were built. At the spot called Saqqara on the river’s western shore is a particularly ...

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