I have come back to study geometry a bit and I'm kind of stuck at deriving the volume formula for a cone. I have read the calculus-based derivation and it totally makes sense, but calculus has been around for 200+ years, cones have been around forever.
Intuition leads me to believe that there must be a way for people to logically explain that a cone in 1/3th the volume of a cilinder of the same size before calculus was even a thing. (similarly to the way that the area equation of a circle can be derived from breaking down the circle into infinite triangular slices.)
Is there any logical way to get to a cone's volume equation without calculus? can't it be explained using some geometrical argument? How did civilizations wrap their heads around a cone's volume before calculus?