The technique of Bricklaying has been used by humans for at least 6,000 years. Structures such as the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China have been built using the method of bricklaying. Early examples of brickwork have been found back through history as far as the Bronze Age. This clearly shows that bricklaying has been used by the early people as a part of civilizing their era.
Let’s start at the beginning:
The earliest type of brick was dried brick. Made from earth or mud, they were dried until they were strong enough to use. Many bricks that have been discovered date before 7500 BC. Other bricks date between 7000 and 6395 BC. Ceramic or fired brick was used as early as 3000 BC. Bricklaying and stone masonry have been known to be used by the early Egyptians during the construction of their early structures such as the Pyramids. However, it was the Romans who brought masonry to other parts of Europe. Since then, bricklaying has improved, despite it’s temporary decline due to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Thankfully, there was a huge increase in construction of cathedrals and buildings using bricks from the 10th up to the 17th centuries. During the 17th century, the method of bricklaying became popular. It was used to restore building after their destruction during the Great Fire of London. In addition to this, bricklaying was also popular in China. The Great Wall of China is a great example of bricklaying and is considered as one of the wonders of the world.
Moreover, the Ancient Incas also used bricklaying and stone masonry for construction, they had perfected it by the 12th century.
The process of hand-making bricklaying lasted until the 18th century. Machines were introduced in the 19th century to help bricklayers, and after a while mechanical methods had almost replaced ancient ones. This shows how much history bricklaying has in our world. It is still used today as a way of constructing buildings. Therefore, it is no surprise that bricks are one of the most popular materials used today.