Greater Ancestors

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Ancient Greek Cranes

Cranes (geranos)

Archaeologists assume that cranes were used in Greece since 900 BC (although there is no direct proof). After a recent discovery of a 2.3 ton and 2900 years old sarcophagus in Corinth an archaeologist (Guy Sanders) said: “To lower the sarcophagus into place in a controlled movement … requires some kind of temporary superstructure over the grounds so they can control the vertical movement of the stone”.

  • Construction Crane

for the construction of the harbour of Amathus in Cyprus (for the Demetrios Poliorcetes fleet)

or temples (according to Vitruvius Greek Cranes could lift 6 tons, The columns were build by parts, so-called column drums, with a weight each more than 1 ton.




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