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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces


Re: Ancient technology ...

There are at least four discoveries of bucket chains in London - for example a near complete one was found during development at 30 Cheapside in 2001. Part of the problem for Roman engineers was that the Walbrook stream was the only surface water risng within the walls and was insufficient for the population. Hence they had to dig down to the clay layer and put in the buckets. I'm not sure whether they were known or not elsewhere - in more peaceable territories presumably they would have just scooped the water out of the river with a Noria (a sort of river driven water wheel). That's a technology that still exists.

A lot of ancient technology is lost because they are replaced by more efficient ways of doing things and pretty soon all the people who can make them are dead and the knowledge is largely lost.

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