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Persian Technology

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HellBent Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 05:09PM

* Baghdad Battery, 250 BCE*
The Baghdad Battery is believed to be about 2000 years old (from the Parthian period, roughly 250 BCE to CE 250). The jar was found in Khujut Rabu just outside Baghdad and is composed of a clay jar with a stopper made of asphalt. Sticking through the asphalt is an iron rod surrounded by a copper cylinder. When filled with vinegar - orany other electrolytic solution - the jar produces about 1.1 volts.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 05:43PM

BS!
mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 06:54PM

Looks waaaay too well made for that era, particularly the copper and iron pieces. No Sale here :>/
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 07:44PM

No, not bullshit. Many things in this world defy explanation, and this is one of them. I've read articles on this object and it is feasible that this is indeed an electrolytic battery. So, with that, here's another strange and unexplanable object that predates modern technology and materials by thousands of years;

[www.world-mysteries.com]
festus Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 08:02PM

I do believe Baghdad very well could have produced
a crude battery,however to me this copper in this
picture looks like it has the tick marks on it from
a band saw.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 08:20PM

Maybe because it was cut in half with a band-saw?
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 08:23PM

its half a battery,cut in 1/2 in modern times with a modern bandsaw to show the interior!!
madmex2000 Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 08:37PM

Well the republican morons dont believe because they dont read enuff books ,there fukn idiots. That battery is well documented by the smithsonian institute. nice pic,theres even evidence of batterrrys in Romes time as well.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 09:19PM

It's, "they don't read *enough* books, *they're* *fucking* idiots." Apparenly you don't read enough either.

Turning a historical science discussion into a political debate, now that's fucking moronic.

And yes people, the battery is real.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 09:26PM

They probably had to invent the battery in order to power the bandsaw.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 09:51PM

The question is what did they DO with the battery? I doubt they had 1.1 volt light bulbs. Touch their tongue to the contacts like with a modern 9 volt battery? (try it) Heck I can jab a copper knife and a silver knife into a grapefruit and produce some voltage purely by accident. Did a grey whos UFO crashed use it to power a tiny circuit board?
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 10:24PM

[email protected] - You can do the same thing with a potato. They most likely used it for electroplating. Look it up.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 11:10PM

I would agree with Blah's assertion that this was used for electroplating metals. I'd say it would be short sighted and extremely arrogant for us to assume that we have all the answers for everything in this world. Truth is, even with all of our modern technology, we cannot even come close to duplicating some of the most impressive ancient wonders...the Great Pyramids come to mind. What the ancients knew is both incredible and profoundly vexing.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 11:22PM

Ok, ok...I got it. The object pictured above is actually "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" Monty Python quotes will soon follow.
mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 18, 2006 11:31PM

Ah well, been wrong before so no cherry lost here. Thanks for the insight :>winking
smiley
Nigel_Knowitall Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 12:31AM

Well it is obviously time for me to make my voice heard again.
Yes, it is a battery. It was used for electro-plating jewelry etc. The old folks could do those things as well as brazing and mining rock and build buildings that are still used today. An example of the latter; there is a road bridge in France that is still used all the time today. It is only one lane, so it is regulated by traffic lights, but it can be used by anyone except heavy goods vehicles.
Do not be so arrogant as to think that modern man has all the answers and everything was darkness before. Another example; when Colubus sailed to the West Indies, he used Chinese charts to find his way, check out www.1421.tv
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 01:57AM

mrkim ~ I thought I finally had me a cherry! Damn!
smiling
smiley
shaDEz Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 04:01AM

lol
yeah i saw this on the history channel a few months back they have no way to tell if this is actaully a battery
wouldn't surprise me too much if it actually was used as a battery though, they have found something in a greek shipwreck that appears to be a computer...and some roman dude inventer a steam engine, just was never used for the same purpose we used ours for in the nineteenth
shaDEz Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 04:03AM

ahhh nvm about the greek computer, didn't notice the link 90130_ posted there
mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 07:00AM

Better luck next time BlahX3 ;>winking
smiley
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 08:07AM

"Truth is, even with all of our modern technology, we cannot even come close to duplicating some of the most impressive ancient wonders...the Great Pyramids come to mind." Pure baloney. Tell us why we couldn't duplicate the Pyramids with our modern technology? (Aside from lack of funds for something like that)
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 12:01PM

[email protected] ~ "Pure baloney"? Aren't those mutually exclusive terms?

I agree with you, though. The wonders of the ancient world to me are not so much what they did but that we still can't be sure exactly how they did them. To be certain you had to be there I suppose. The human brain has been pretty big for a long, long time, so it shouldn't come as such a big surprise to us that the ancients figured out all kinds of brainiac stuff way back when.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 12:40PM

Yeah, maybe we could cobble up a replica of the Great Pyramid, but how about doing it with the same materials and the same precision the ancients did with crude hand tools? My guess is that the whole idea would be shelved anyway because labor unions would be involved.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 19, 2006 08:22PM

Well, here's as good an information source as any on this; [en.wikipedia.org]
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: September 20, 2006 03:52AM

Wasn't Bagdad/Iraq formerly known as Mesopotamia; Modern day Iran was known as Persia until 1935.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 20, 2006 12:15PM

Mesopotamia is the region now occupied by Iraq, Syria and southeastern Turkey.
HellBent Report This Comment
Date: September 20, 2006 11:36PM

Ah yes, the "Fertile Crescent"... the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. An area that is often cited as the beginnings of the last 10,000 years of human development. The so-called "Cradle of Civilization". I shit you not. The area in which Baghdad lies developed early agriculture as people began to live in larger enclaves and developed politics beyond 'my stick is bigger'.

Now this area is being bombed and irradiated to ruin by the soi-disant "Pinnacle of Civilization".. the UKUSA conglomerate run by CEO Dick Cheney.

How fucking sad.
They give us civilization, we give them bombs.
Beautiful irony.
The end of history indeed.
festus Report This Comment
Date: September 22, 2006 12:30AM

Don't be so blue buddy.

It's just a new chapter in history in which the
scourge of the planet is erased and we start anew.