Ancient Egyptian Inventions

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Ancient Egypt was a very advanced society whose inventions inspired many of the basic necessities we have today. One of these would be their methods of irrigation. They used a machine called a shadoof which was comprised of a long pole with a bucket on one end and a weighty object on the other end. These buckets were lowered into the Nile and filled with water, then easily raised back up by water wheels and emptied onto higher ground. Oxen then swung the pole so that the water could be emptied into waterways that were used to irrigate their crops. It was a very efficient system that is still used today in many Middle Eastern countries. Another efficient machine was the nilometer which was an ancient instrument…show more content…
One of these sheets could be up to 10 feet in length and 1 foot in height. No glue was required because the natural gum from the plant held them together. One more example of these inventions would be the ox-drawn plough which consisted of a team of oxen ,with connected straps wrapped around them ,drawing a plough through the dirt, therefore softening it and making sowing and farming on a whole much easier. It is said that this plough revolutionized Ancient farming. Another ancient Egyptian invention was clocks. There were two types of clocks used, a sun clock (obelisks) which noted the how the sun’s shadow moved around the Earth’s surface throughout each day. Using this they identified the longest and shortest days of the year. At night, they used a water clock that was a vessel made from stone with a small hole at the bottom, which allowed water to drip at an almost constant rate. They measured each passing hours using the marks at different spaced levels. Ancient Egyptians invented on of the most basic necessities we use today, which is toothpaste. Their toothpaste consisted powdered ox hooves, ashes, burnt eggshells and pumice, rock salt, dried iris flowers, grains of pepper and
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