#Ancient #Artifacts – 10 Very Strange Ancient Artifacts : Science can explain a lot of things, but so far they’ve come up empty on the use or origin of the ancient artifacts described below. There are no easy answers and those that exist can be easily picked apart, especially the theories concerning aliens, but the truth is, the details of their existence have never been adequately explained. With that in mind, we invite you to take a stab at your own hypotheses.
The Battery of Babylon
Discovered in Khuyut Rabbou’a, a village near Baghdad, Iraq
Forget Duracell, this battery is over 2,000 years old, dating back to sometime between 248 BCE and 226 CE. It’s a 5-inch cylindrical clay vase with a copper rod held inside by asphalt; inside the rod is a smaller oxidized iron rod. Experimental archeologists discovered that if it were filled with acid or an alkaline liquid, it would produce an electric charge, but it also came with some big unanswered questions.
Not everyone is convinced it was a battery, but if it was, the best guess for its purpose was for electroplating gold onto objects. But the real mystery is, why was the technology lost and not found for two millenia?
Klerksdorp Grooved Spheres
Discovered near Ottosdal, South Africa
These spheres look man-made, but their geological date means there were no humans around when they first appeared on the scene. They are found in pyrophyllite mined in Ottosdal-pyrophyllite is a very soft secondary mineral formed by sedimentation 2.8 billion years ago.
However, the spheres are very fibrous on the inside and harder than steel on the outside-the complete opposite of their surrounding environment. They are also perfectly balanced, so much so that NASA’s instruments aren’t sufficient to measure them. NASA scientists have said that the only way to achieve such near perfect balance is in zero gravity.
The Antikythera Mechanism
Discovered off the coast of Antikythera, Crete
Currently housed at Greece’s National Archeological Museum, this 2,000-year-old relic is thought to be one of the most complex antiques ever found. Although 95 percent of the 2,000 characters on its surface have already been deciphered, a full text of the translation has not been published.
It’s believed to be an analog computer used to calculate the movement of stars and planets. The mechanism has been dated to first century BCE and was discovered on a shipwreck from that period.
Researchers believe the mechanism was on its way to Julius Caesar among other spoils of war. X-rays have shown that there are at least 30 gears in the device, which may have calculated the movement of the planets and stars when past and future dates were entered into it.
Found in Saqquara, Egypt, and in Quimbaya, Colombia
Artifacts very closely resembling modern day model airplanes have been found among the remnants of two very distinct cultures. The first was a wooden object found in a tomb in Egypt that looks like a model airplane, and the second are small golden objects found in Colombia that look very much like delta-wing aircraft-it even has what looks like a pilot seat.
Some consider these “model planes” as evidence humanity discovered flight much earlier in their history. However, if you subscribe to the Ancient Aliens theory, these objects suggest earlier humans were exposed to mechanical flight technology by extraterrestrial visitors and were simply copying what they had already seen in the sky.