Carving

Maya Temple
The history of carving dates all the way back to the times of prerecorded history. It all began with the world's most primitive societies. These ancient civilizations are thought to have been an incredibly interesting and amazing collection of people. They left behind huge cities, fortresses and stately temples filled with the details of their rich past, rituals and faith all carved into stone.

One such civilization was the ancient Incas. The Incas are famous for their ceremonial grounds and palaces made of stone. These gigantic, unusually shaped stones weighed thousands of pounds and were carved with very accurate precision; so much that you could not even put a knife-edge in between them. The ancient Aztecs were another civilization that carved their city from stone. In Mexico City, a 24 thousand pound sphere called the calendar stone was discovered in 1791, and it quickly acquired acknowledgment as being the most exceptional relic left behind by the Aztecs. Another culture that used carving as a means to express their cultural values and beliefs was the Mayan culture, which is particularly famous for its pyramid structures.

Acropol San Andres
One of the most well known carvers of the past are the ancient Egyptians. The Egyptians erected large pyramids while utilizing stone carving to convey the cultural values, beliefs and power of their society. For the Egyptians, art was certainly no abstract notion. The Egyptian artists and carvers made their works for important, pragmatic reasons. All artistic aspects in both public and private life were consistent with the Egyptian's religious beliefs.

Since those ancient times, carving has developed significantly and may seem radically different in the way it is used and implemented in today's societies. However, much of the ways that carving was used in the past has "carved out" the way it is used today.