The Berlin Foundry Cup illustrates scaffolding in ancient Greece (early fifth century BC). The ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Nubians used scaffolding-like structures to construct tall buildings. The ancient Africans also used scaffoldings to provide support to high mosques. In modern times, the concept of scaffolding has changed with the emergence of new technologies and cutting-edge engineering ideas. The European Standard mentions various requirements and guidelines of structural and general design for access and working scaffolds.

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