It has been said that the ancients were capable of some truly remarkable feats of engineering. From the sophisticated puquios and ojos of the Nazca civilization, to the Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey, to the ancient Greek machine with its precision gears, the ancients have left us with a legacy of engineering genius. 

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But these are just a few of the incredible engineering accomplishments of the ancients. This list will explore some of the most impressive feats of engineering pulled off by the ancients, from the windmills of Nashtifan to the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, to the Nilometer and the Iron Pillar of Delhi. 

We will also take a look at some of the lesser known ancient engineering marvels, such as the Beijing Ancient Observatory, the Nan Madol city, and the night-sky cooling technique used by the Middle Easterners. And of course, we can’t forget the Automatic Servant of Philon, the robot maid of the Ancient Greeks. 

So, let us take a journey through time and explore the amazing feats of engineering pulled off by the ancients. Who knows what we may find?

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