Interesting Historical Tidbits

An illustration of the aeolipile, the earliest...

There have been many interesting findings in antiquity that have shown man has mapped the globe far before we had known. There is one map showing the locations of Antarctica hundreds of years before it was known to be discovered. 1929 historians found a map drawn on a gazelle skin, it shows the coastlines of Africa, east coast of South America and the northern coast of Antarctica in great detail. This map is called the Piri Reis map. Read more about this map on World Mysteries Website LINK: http://www.world-mysteries.com/sar_1.htm They go into greater detail about the map. I found it most interesting that the map had details about Antarctica’s coastline that would be under the ice which wouldn’t be able to be seen since 4000 BC. That’s 6011 years ago, this is where some believe the biblical creation of the earth had taken place.  In terms of technological advancement the humans in that time were still using stone and wood tools and the written word was just in its beginnings.

Just recently some archeologist in Israel have discovered teeth that belongs to a modern man and it has been dated to be approx. 400,000 years old. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old. Though the findings are still inconclusive until they find a skull and other skeletal remains to be certain of the teeth exact origins. you can read more on the discovery on Fox News Website at this link: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/27/ancient-teeth-change-picture-evolution/

As we have learned from history, science isn’t always exact and the answers they provide change with each new discovery. Science has went from thinking the earth was the center of our galaxy and universe to being the 3rd planet from our sun which we orbit. They also went from a earth that was flat to an spherical planet. So as we learn our answers and what we state as truths change with time.

The point is that man has existed on earth longer than the believed biblical timeline and even longer than what science first believed. This also messes with the current belief in the evolution of homo sapiens. So how long has man really existed on this planet? that question will always change and how so called stone aged humans could map Antarctica? Far as the biblical time line, the possibility that the old testament stories were more than likely orally passed down for many generations . When the biblical timeline began is truly a mystery without documentation or physical evidence. More and likely the biblical timeline began way before 4000 b.c. and had been orally passed on from one generation to the next for thousands of years. So the story of genesis could have been way further back in time that some theologians have estimated.

Then there is the Baghdad battery also known as the Parthian Battery is a simplistic single cell battery some think was used for basic electroplating. Wilhelm König an German archaeologist was the first to conclude it was an ancient electric battery. to learn more about the Baghdad / Parthian battery go to World Mysteries Website at this link: http://www.world-mysteries.com/sar_11.htm . So many enigmas in our history as a species especially Hero’s Engine. Hero (or Heron ) of Alexandria.’

Excerpt from Wikipedia

“Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria (Greek: Ἥρων ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς) (c. 10–70 AD) was an ancient Greek mathematician who was a resident of a Roman province (Ptolemaic Egypt); he was also an engineer who was active in his native city of Alexandria. He is considered the greatest experimenter of antiquity and his work is representative of the Hellenistic scientific tradition.

  Hero published a well recognized description of a steam-powered device called an aeolipile (hence sometimes called a "Hero engine"). Among his most famous inventions was a windwheel, constituting the earliest instance of wind harnessing on land. He is said to have been a follower of the Atomists. Some of his ideas were derived from the works of Ctesibius.

Much of Hero’s original writings and designs have been lost, but fortunately, some of his works were preserved in Arab manuscripts.”

Read Full Wiki : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero_of_Alexandria

I find it so interesting about how some things are discovered and others are mere rediscoveries. The fact mankind has had technologies that were though to be modern day discoveries and inventions thousands of years ago.

Well I guess I bored you enough today.
May peace be your path as wisdom be your guide.
Raymond Barbier

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I am just an average man who loves writing, thinking and trying to inspire kindness, love, understanding and Compassion in others and try to find them within myself.

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