Mud brick was the primary building material in ancient Mesopotamia. Southern Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) was rich in the key component for making mud bricks — good-quality clay. People used it to build homes, city walls, and even palaces. The bricks could be pressed into a decorative mold to enhance the surface and coated with plaster to make them more weather resistant. Mud brick is still a commonly used building material in the Middle East, and the technique for making mud brick has remained essentially the same since ancient times.
Making Bricks the Ancient Mesopotamian Way
Things You Will Need
- Milk or ice cream carton
- Baking sheet
- Be green. Save energy by letting the sun do all the work of drying your brick.
- Mud brick, or earth architecture, is experiencing a revival in many parts of the world. It is a renewable material that can help make more energy-efficient buildings.
- Oven drying the brick requires adult supervision.