comp.risks for the ancient world
August 8, 2014 1:16 AM Subscribe
Tell me about ancient engiineering projects that failed.
posted by rdr to Technology (13 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I've been watching Strip The City's [via metafilter]
first episode about roman engineering. It got me to thinking about failure. What are some projects in the ancient world that failed because of limited engineering knowledge? Surely there must have been some hapless engineers/priests that convinced King Whosit X that a grand ziggurat would be an appropriate tribute to the mighty King Whosit X only to have the ziggurat collapse before it was a quarter built and some of those failures must have been too massive to be written out of history.