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Preserved fragment of great Roman water wheel

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Preserved fragment of great Roman water wheel
Preserved fragment of great Roman water wheel

A preserved fragment of a great Roman waterwheel used to drain huge copper mines along the Rio Tinto in Andalusia (southern Spain). The mines used complex wheel systems with one section using 16 pairs of wheels to lift water up to 30 meters. Object dated to the 1st-2nd century CE.

Scene from Ver Ingeniería romana – Minería, which shows how the system is used. Movie in Spanish.
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