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The History of Geotechnical Engineering Up Until 1700 ISSMGE

The French engineer and Egyptologist Jean Lehuérou Kérisel (1908-2005) was a pioneer in understanding and modeling the way soil interacts with man-built structures. He wrote “Down to Earth: Foundations Past and Present: The Invisible Art of the Builder” and had a rich career, as a civil servant (he notably led the reconstruction effort in France after World War II). His paper entitled “The history of geotechnical engineering up until 1700” is a fascinating account of the ancient history of the practice. If you have the time (it is lengthy)

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