It is said that the Neolithic Revolution is the birth of masonry, approximately 10,000 years ago. Included in this from 9,000 to 7,000 BC is the development of the Fertile Crescent, a process of crafting mortar or plaster with fire was discovered.
When combined with mud, stone, or straw, the mortar was used to build the first man-made, permanent structures in the world.
Masonry would quickly become the choice for building a civilization that started as Egyptian pyramids. Today, there are several of structures left from those times still standing. Eventually, the wood-based construction would eclipse the popularity of stone masonry. But masonry is a craft that is still used commercially and residential today.
Masonry construction is considered a noble trade and has been since the medieval ages. A seven-year apprenticeship was established as a stonemason’s guild and became the requirement to enter the profession. There are three classes of Masons according to the guild:
- Master Mason
Today, in other countries, a student must train for four years under a master mason to be considered having enough experience to work solo. The modern advancements in techniques and technology still continue to advance in Masonry.