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        Chinese Wheelbarrows

        Historians and archaeologists estimate that the wheelbarrow was likely invented in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE). The earliest Chinese wheelbarrows had a wheel placed in the far front, much like a modern small wheelbarrow. Beginning around the 3rd century CE, however, the centrally-placed wheel design became more common, as it could carry far more weight. This photograph of Chinese wheelbarrows from around 1900 shows the centrally-placed wheel design, a design useful for transporting heavy loads like multiple people.

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