Ancient Watermills Unearthed

17 05 2007

The object in Phirm’s right hand is something we found in Seattle from a vendor who sells kits to build miniature structures out of balsa, Nature’s wussiest wood. This particular kit is for the watermill, which everyone knows is a structure that uses a water wheel or turbine to drive a mechanical process such as flour or lumber production. While many mill scholars would agree that the watermill is “a really old” device, few are aware that its origins actually date back all the way to the early Cretaceous, as the kit packaging suggests.




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25 08 2007


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