Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ancient Engineering


While riding through Sakkara village I noticed something that I'd ridden past over twenty times previously without noticing. Look between the palm trees and you will see a tall pole with a stone ring around the end of it near the ground. The stone provided the counterweight to ease the job of hauling the water bucket attached to the other end out of the well. The chopped off palm trunk provided the fulcrum for this simple lever. The machine was known as a shadduf and it was one of the earliest machines.

2 comments:

brattcat said...

another informative post. i continue to treasure the things i see and learn on your blog.

Star said...

Always look forward to your posts, thanks, for another fascinating and informative post.