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Medieval copper smelter found in Norway

A copper smelting operation which dates back to the 14th century has been found in Norway.

They found the remains of wooden structures beneath a collapsed pile of stones that provided evidence of technologically advanced production methods.

“The wood material was surprisingly well preserved,” says Stenvik.

One eye-popper was a split log that could have been used as a shaft in a drive gear that would enable its makers to capture the power of the rushing river.

The shaft was inlaid with some sort of hinge that could have been attached to a pair of bellows.

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Story: Asle Rønning | Photo: Project Gutenberg

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