Humanity has gone from strength to strength since our early days, fending off large predators. Mankind's greatest engineering marvels do not just encompass the modern ones you might instinctively think of.
Join us as we dive into the ancient past and journey through history to revisit the greatest engineering marvels of mankind. (We wanted to include fire but this was actually developed by Homo Erectus around 1 to 1.5 million years ago.) The following 15 are a selection of engineering marvels throughout recorded history. To make a level playing field, we split them into the ancient world, medieval period and modern world. [Editor’s note – this is author’s personal selection and doesn’t represent the view of Engineers Ireland. There’s no sign of Newgrange, for a start! Let us know what you think.]
Stretching for 21,196km, the Great Wall of China is the world's longest wall and biggest ancient architecture. It stretches between the beaches of Qinhuangdao, the rugged mountains around Beijing, to a desert corridor between tall the mountain ranges at Jiayu Pass. The most iconic part of the wall, is in fact, the Ming Dynasty section of the wall, which stretches 8,851km. The Great Wall has been rebuilt, maintained and enhanced throughout history with the majority of the existing wall from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).