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Th e history of engineering in the context of the way we live,

and interact with nature and each other is very much the
history and pre-history of humanity itself.

Th e history of engineering as a profession, where payment


is made in cash or kind for services, began with tool- and
weapon-making over 150,000 years ago

Military engineering
was soon joined by civil engineering in the quest for defence
and development of early infrastructure.

Th e professionalization
of engineering is illustrated by Imhotep who built the Step
Pyramid at Saqqara in 3000 BC