Door Locks Throughout History: Background information when reading A Peculiar Combination

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A Peculiar Combination

Electra McDonnell Series #1

by Ashley Weaver

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Door Locks Throughout History

This article relates to A Peculiar Combination

In Ashley Weaver's novel A Peculiar Combination, the heroine is a safe-cracker who breaks into houses by picking door locks. Locks that operate with keys, including those typically used on doors, haven't changed all that much within the past century and a half. In fact, personal door locks in use today are of the same basic design patented by Linus Yale in 1848.

The earliest known door lock was discovered during an archaeological excavation at the Palace of Khorsabad, which was constructed in ancient Assyria — what is now Northern Iraq. Dated to around 4000 BCE, the lock had wooden pins of various lengths built into a bolt that kept a door from opening. A lever-like key was inserted that would lift the pins out of the way, allowing the bolt to be withdrawn and freeing the door. The Egyptians developed a similar wooden door lock around that same time period.

From Egypt the pin lock moved to Greece and Rome. The Romans improved on the design by creating their mechanisms out ...

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