11 Ancient Technologies Better Than Modern Ones

Modern technologies are more advanced than what people used in the past, aren’t they? They didn’t have lasers that cut through metal with precision just by typing some formulas into a computer! But that begs the question – how on Earth did ancient engineers create some amazing technological and architectural wonders?

For example, one of the most mysterious human-made objects can be found at an ancient temple in Delhi, India. It’s almost 24 feet tall and 99.5% pure iron. The strange thing about the pillar is that it hasn’t rusted over the last 16 centuries! Or have you ever heard about the Baghdad Battery? This thing conducted an electric current 2000 years before Alessandro Volta introduced to the world the first version of the modern battery we have today!

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Greek Fire 0:30
The Antikythera Mechanism 1:12
The Zhang Heng Seismoscope 1:55
The Iron Pillar of Delhi 2:49
The Phaistos Disc 3:43
The Baghdad Battery 4:39
The Rock Ship of Masuda 5:34
Roman Concrete 6:29
The Sabu Disk 7:20
The Nimrud Lens 8:14
The Stone of the South 9:08

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– Greek Fire was shot out of what can only be described as ancient flamethrowers. They mostly used it on ships, and it spread pure destruction wherever it was aimed.
– How about an ancient Greek computer? The strange mechanism was made from 37 bronze gears, almost like an intricate clock. It was probably used as an astronomic, meteorological, and cartographic calculator of sorts back around 100 BCE.
– In 132 CE, Chinese scientist and inventor Zhang Heng introduced the first seismoscope that could predict an earthquake with the accuracy of modern instruments.
– In 1908, an Italian expedition in the southern part of Crete excavated a palace near the ancient city of Phaistos. That’s where archaeologist Luigi Pernier found the mysterious clay disk.
– The Rock Ship of Masuda is just one of many unexplained stone structures you can see in the village of Asuka, Japan. They date back to 250-550 CE, but who built them and how or why they did is still beyond anyone who’s studied the site.
– In 1936, Egyptologist Walter Bryan Emery found a strange-looking disk as he was studying the burial chamber of a Pharaoh’s son and city official named Sabu. The disk is a round plate made of stone with several unusual blades and a cavity in the center. It’s about 2 feet in diameter and kinda resembles a large steering wheel.
– The Nimrud lens was found in 1853 during an excavation in Nimrud, one of the ancient capitals of Assyria. Also known as the Layard Lens after the archeologist who discovered it, Austen Henry Layard, this thing was created between 750 and 710 BCE. It’s made out of a natural rock crystal and has a slightly oval form.

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