Illustration of what an arrastre looks like.

An arrastre was a simple machine, powered by animals or motors, designed to speed up the crushing of quartz ore. The ore was placed in the bottom of the arrastre over which were placed large rocks. The rocks were ground over the ore, crushing it and releasing the gold.

Andrew Hebda, Nova Scotia Museum.
2012
Nova Scotia, CANADA
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