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Trench-digging machine

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The folio shows the drawing of a digger for excavating trenches or channels. It possibly refers to a project for the channel which was to connect the river Arno to the sea, near Piombino. The hoe lifts when the heavy rocker falls. The connected container acts as a counterweight and causes the hoe to drop with great force, thus digging the trench.

Manuscript L, sheet 76 v. 1497-1502


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