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The History of Retaining Walls

Retaining walls date back to ancient Egypt, where they were used to harness the great power of the Nile river. Tired of flooding and soil erosion, Egyptians built Gabion style retaining walls from reeds to divert the flow of water from the Nile into reservoirs as well as fields for farming purposes.

While modern times have seen innovations in the materials used to build retaining walls, retaining wall applications have largely remained the same: preventing soil erosion, creating space and diverting water.

ancient egyptian retaining wall
ancient retaining wall