Posted by Jacques Pochoy on September 29, 2002 at 14:46:40:
In Reply to: Re: WTC shortlist- Eternal Egypt posted by d on September 29, 2002 at 12:49:36:
Maybe it has to do something with "recording"...
In an oral tradition, the knowledge takes time to be transmitted... Half a life mostly... Thus trials and errors are recorded only by the "masters" of the craft... And experimenting can be costly (and suicidal in those times)... At Saqquara's Djéser (that's how we spell it here:-)) the first try was a miss !
So when there is some power shift or when the pupil believe he knows enough to bypass the elder, some part of knowledge is lost...
In the old archeological finds in Turkia, some walls remains had to be done with forms...Thus indicating that to build these walls somebody had to "design" them and prepare for the molds (forms) while a brick or stone wall can be designed while building it (if it's a small shed)...
Roman cement has been lost until the 19th century until Vicat found it again as a badly done batch of his lime factory....
Today the knowledge is there for anyone who want it... Buy a book or do some surfing...:-):-):-) It's nonetheless an accelarating factor of "progress"... Breakthrough are bound to happen!
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