When Did People Start Building Dams?

My ancestors were the very first dam builders, but people started building dams a very long time ago too!

The ancient Egyptians built simple dams of earth and stones to store water from the Nile River well over 4000 years ago! Dams were also built in ancient times in Mesopotamia (now Iraq), Italy, and India. These early dams were built mostly of stone, earth, and gravel and were used to water crops.

Many dam builders then learned from people before them and continued to pass along the practice. Once modern engineering came along, the size and abilities of dams improved.

Dam engineering is still improving today. Below are some old pictures of dams in the United States. Thanks to the help of very smart engineers, the dams we build today are bigger, stronger and safer than these dams!

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