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Science and Technology
Science and Technology

Author(s): István Gazda
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Napkút Kiadó Kft.
Summary/Abstract: Hungarians who settled in the Carpathian Basin must have possessed thorough knowledge of various branches of technology, as evidenced by the technical vocabulary that turns up in the earliest written records. Those who settled here had thorough and practical knowledge of several areas of life, such as animal husbandry, livestock breeding, construction of housing, leatherwork, the cultivation of grains, tool- and weapon-making, archery, tailoring, and ornamental metalwork (for example, the early minting of coins, in which the Hungarians decorated the coin’s edge with a row of fi ne dots as a defence against counterfeiting). An early Hungarian invention was the pivoting front axle of a cart, which rendered it capable of turning easily. This wagon, suitable for transporting people and light loads, was already recorded as a Hungarian coach [kocsi] in 15th-century descriptions of Europe.

  • Page Range: 295-316
  • Page Count: 22
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English