11 Technologies from the Past Better Than Modern Ones


Modern technologies are more advanced than
what people used in the past, aren’t they? I mean, 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? Well, check it out! Counting down from: 11. Greek Fire
This was THE weapon to have back in the 7th century. 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. They say enemies couldn’t even put it out
with water or sand! In fact, water only made the fire stronger! Scientists believe that the Byzantines used
a mixture of what sounds like something you’d hear about in your chemistry class – naphtha,
quicklime, Sulphur, pine resin. Experts are still at odds over the exact recipe
of this unstoppable liquid fire, but whatever it was, it worked! 10. The Antikythera Mechanism
How about an ancient Greek computer? It might not look like the PC you have at
home, but it was still incredibly complex for its time. 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. The Antikythera Mechanism could, among other
things, calculate the movement of celestial bodies, determine the dates of 42 astronomic
events including solar eclipses, and measure the strength of winds on the sea and even
the Moon’s orbit around the Earth! 9. The Zhang Heng Seismoscope
In 132 CE, Chinese scientist and inventor Zhang Heng introduced the first seismoscope
that could predict an earthquake with the accuracy of modern instruments. It’s made of bronze and looks like an upside-down
vase decorated with dragons and frogs on all sides. But all those pieces aren’t just for show! Inside the vessel, there’s a pendulum that
would start moving when an earthquake began, even if it happened hundreds of miles away. That would cause a bronze ball to fall from
one of the dragon’s mouths and into the frog below it, making a loud ring. How EXACTLY all that happened within the “vase”
part and as a result of a distant earthquake still isn’t understood to this day. People have even tried to recreate it in modern
times, all to no avail… 8. The Iron Pillar of Delhi
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. So what’s the big deal? Well, the strange thing about the pillar is
that it hasn’t rusted over the last 16 centuries! The climate in India is very moist. In such conditions, the iron pillar should’ve
been eaten away by rust over the centuries. But it looks almost brand new! The secret of its production and the name
of its creator are unknown. The sign in Sanskrit says that the pillar
was made during the reign of Chandragupta II, which was between 380 and 415 CE. Any ideas on how this thing has managed to
stay rust-free? Share your theories down in the comments! 7. The Phaistos Disc
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. It’s covered in a swirl of hieroglyphs that
have nothing to do with local languages. There are 259 mysterious signs that still
can’t be deciphered because they don’t occur anywhere else. The disk alone isn’t enough to crack the
code since there are too few signs on it. Scientists don’t know the exact time and
place of its production and what it was used for. They do know that the text on the disk was
applied with special stamps that must’ve been around before the disk itself. That means there could be others! Maybe one day they’ll be found too, and
we’ll finally know what’s written on this mysterious disk! 6. The Baghdad Battery
Didn’t think they had batteries 2,000 years ago? I didn’t either until I saw this! What seems to be humankind’s first battery
was discovered in Baghdad in 1936. It’s believed to date back to the 2nd century
Parthian period. It’s an oval-shaped clay jar that stands
5 inches high. Inside, there was a folded sheet of copper,
an iron rod, and several pieces of bitumen. Bitumen was used to glue up the upper and
lower edges of the jar, which means there must’ve been liquid inside. Corrosion on the copper likely caused by vinegar
or wine seem to point to this theory. Basically, somehow this thing conducted an
electric current! Yeah, 2000 years before Alessandro Volta introduced
to the world the first version of the modern battery we have today! Hmmm. 5. The Rock Ship of Masuda
A ship-like structure made out of rock – I imagine this thing didn’t float very well. Ok, I doubt this 800-ton granite rock bigger
than the size of a school bus and carved in the shape of a boat was used for sailing. That, and it’s sitting way up on a hill
with 2 huge square holes carved out of the middle. 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. One theory is that the Rock Ship itself was
used by ancient Japanese astronomers as an observation deck. Others believe it’s an unfinished entrance
to a burial ground. As of yet, researchers can’t know for sure! 4. Roman Concrete
If you think modern buildings are the most durable, let me tell you about Roman concrete. They started using concrete in ancient Rome
around the end of the 3rd century BCE and did it for about 700 years. The Romans didn’t invent it themselves,
they borrowed the recipe from the Greeks, Etruscans, and other nations. But it was in Rome that concrete became widely
used. The secret to this incredible strength seems
to be their use of volcanic rock. This made structures, especially ones on the
harbor, incredibly resistant to water erosion. The same can’t be said about the concrete
we use today. The exact recipe they used isn’t known,
but its durability is quite obvious 2,000 years later! 3. The Sabu Disk
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 Ancient Egyptians used a chisel to work
with the stone, but making something fragile with such a complicated form likely demanded
a different technology and a lot of skill. Experts still don’t know what it is. It seems too fragile to have been used for
some functional purpose like a wheel or propeller. Yet it’s so specifically shaped that it
probably wasn’t just for decoration. Plenty of theories out there, but no real
answers yet! 2. The Nimrud Lens
This 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. There’s no single scientific opinion about
its initial purpose. One theory is that it was used as a magnifying
glass when making intricate engravings, something the locals of this time and place are known
for. It could’ve also been used to start fires. Italian professor Giovanni Pettinato offered
his own theory that the ancient Assyrians used it as part of a telescope. This could explain how they knew so much about
astronomy. 1. The Stone of the South
Another jaw-dropping monolith was found in Baalbek, Lebanon. It’s over 75 feet long, 17 feet wide, and
15 feet high and weighs about 1,000 tons, making it one of the biggest human-carved
structures we know of. Can you imagine that this was all made using
a chisel? The ancients must’ve had advanced technology
to do the job. A 10-minute walk from the stone will lead
you to the Roman Heliopolis Temple complex, which has 3 smaller megaliths, although they’re
pretty mind-bendingly huge as well. Scientists calculated that to move this stone,
60,000 people had to push or pull it simultaneously. Maybe that’s why they changed their mind
and left it unfinished in the end? I guess we can only speculate… What do you think? Which of these ancient marvels would you like
to see in person? And feel free to add to the list down in the
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100 thoughts on “11 Technologies from the Past Better Than Modern Ones

  1. Read about the musical temple also called as vithalla temple in humpi INDIA which has musical Pillars… Also the kailash temple aurangabad maharashtra INDIA MADE with cut out techniques

  2. Two more interesting things from my country,
    1) Star-gate in Ranmasu uyana – Map of a soler system and a path to anther solar system that has two stars. The map is carved into stone and more than 2000 years old.
    2) The slop of the Yoda Ela (Giant Canal) or Jaya Ganga, an 87 km (54 mi) long single banking water canal carrying excess water from Kala Wewa reservoir to Thissa Wewa reservoir in Anuradhapura. Its mild-gradient had been found to be of the order of 0.32 m (1.0 ft) drop along 1.61 km (1.00 mi). Even with the modern-day survey equipment achieve the said accuracy. Also 2000 years old technology.

  3. The stone of the south is still unexplained till today along with the three other stone of the temple of Jupiter in Baalbek. As scientists recently discovered it was not carved where it is located now, rather on a hill near by. They still can’t explain how it was moved or how the other stones were moved and placed on 3 meters (more or less) high base.
    I have been there, it is amazing.

  4. This could be time travel thing which Is Logical & possible to think that these things been left there from the present or future….as there is a doubt this could be possible without technology

  5. The Hindu knowledge of metallurgy was superior in ancient India. Unfortunately, they were destroyed by Invaders from other parts of the world

  6. You guys do some research on ancient India. Talking about the Delhi pillar you have shown, you metioned wrong date and wrong emperor. The pillar is actually the famous Ashoka pillar. Moreover if you are surprised by that megalith which is merely a slope of rock you better should know about Kailasa Temple of Ellora caves. Just google it. Entire Temple of is carved out of a single rock with intricately detailed carvings in such a humongous scale. There are many such structures carved out of rock in India. The ancient recipe for the battery you talked about has its mention in Indian Rasayan Shastra.

  7. I still fail to understand how we can't recreate or understand some items when our technology so advanced! I'm sure they know but refuse to say.

  8. If millinial era cannot explain the technology of the ancient era… same also the ancient era cannot explain the modern technology 😂😂😂

  9. All these things date back to almost same time. It can be explained by one simple theory, if you wish to have an open mind. The theory is that at around that time science was quite rich and better than what it is today. However, due to alliances and rivalry among countries, these technologies and techniques were kept secret from each other. This eventually led to downfall of the technological advancements as the new ruler destroyed almost everything made by or researched by the previous ruler. One such event I can recall of is the fire of Nalanda University in Bihar, India which was set on fire by Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193. Similar events might have resulted in the situation we are in today. It might have took them thousands of years of research to reach that point of scientific epitome. I am saying thousands of years because human origin is constantly being redefined as we discover new archaeological remains.

  10. if it was possible, having something to travel through would really help. If you wanna know how and why things were made, just travel back…IF it was possible

  11. You missed The Big temple, from Tamilnadu, India which is known for its intricate carvings and its one 80 ton rock placed above the temple, some 2000 years ago

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