Portable Steam Engines and Traction Engines and Their Use in Rural Areas

Mar 7, 2018 | Artigos, Publicações

Portable Steam Engines and Traction Engines and Their Use in Rural Areas: The Case of Lezíria Ribatejana, Portugal

In the second half of the 19th century, the area known as Lezíria, in Portugal, started to use portable steam and traction engines in agricultural production. Out of more than a hundred original examples, all of them manufactured in England, little more than a dozen survive today, with different levels of preservation. This article studies these for the first time through an archaeological perspective, identifying their use and importance in different agricultural activities in the production of goods such as olive oil.

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Lezíria Ribatejana, Portugal, portable steam engines, traction engines

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