New to this forum, but from the looks of it I'll be probably be a steady hangaround. Now, I've just started my second year in engineering, and lately I've become more and more interested in the question "How did people do this without electricity, diesel and MATLAB?" So basically I'm on a search for material that could answer this, books, papers, videos, just about anything. Note that my primary interest isn't really how they actually built the pyramids, but rather how you could go about it if you wanted another one; the technical aspects of pre-electrical engineering. Of course, in the long run I will probably start doing some small work of my own in this field, just out of curiosity. But if anyone know a good description of, for example, how to build a crane, capable of lifting huge slabs of stone, out of wood and no iron nails it'd be great!