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The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts
Posted: 15 December 2005 02:17 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I thought this was interesting http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa011402a.htm?1

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Posted: 15 December 2005 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Is it just me, or do the grooved spheres vaguely resemble cricket balls?

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Posted: 16 December 2005 12:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Smerk - 16 December 2005 12:19 AM

Is it just me, or do the grooved spheres vaguely resemble cricket balls?

It’s a little known fact that prokaryote cells used to enjoy cricket but were discouraged by the more sophisticated eukaryotic group.

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Posted: 16 December 2005 12:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’ve never heard of most of the things mentioned in that article. But there are a couple that have been in popular pseudoscientific literature for a while. One is the Ancient Model Aircraft. It was talked about in “Chariots of the Gods?” by von Daniken. I don’t recall exactly what he said about it but with his reputation I’m sure it wasn’t based on objective research. The article’s description destroys any scientific credibility they may have had by promoting the claim it’s an aerodynamic marvel and able to glide. A little elementary physics will dismiss this as fantasy. It’s made of gold and therefore extremely heavy for its size. That would mean its flight characteristics would be identical to that of a brick. Modern aircraft designed that way need powerful engines to keep aloft. Some even earned the nickname “Widow Makers”. This artifact, like they say, resembles an aircraft, but that doesn’t mean it is. It’s more likely some kind of bird.

The other artifact I recognize is the “Baghdad Battery”. This was also made famous by von Daniken in “Chariots of the Gods?”. Real scientists dismiss the theory it was a battery. The truth is no one knows what it was for. Sure, if you fill it with acid an electric current will flow between the copper and the iron rod. But that will happen any time you have dissimilar metals immersed in an electrolyte. In elementary school, we did an experiment where we stuck a copper and a zinc rod in a lemon then measured the voltage between the two. This effect, called electrolysis, is unavoidable. In fact, boaters go to great lengths to prevent electrolysis from eroding the underwater metal parts (propeller, propeller shafts, rudder fittings, etc.) of their vessels; often unsuccessfully. There is no evidence to indicate the “Baghdad Battery” was ever filled with acid. If people of that era did know about and use electricity, there would be a lot of other evidence around. Why is this the only thing that remains?

If the other eight things are as well researched as the above two items, I don’t think there is anything to be puzzled about. I’m sure a little investigation, such as consulting respected archaeologists that specialize in those particular time periods, will reveal their true identity and purpose.

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Posted: 16 December 2005 12:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Myth Busters hypothesized that the “batteries” were used for electroplating, however they overlooked the fact that it took a heckuva lot of batteries to shock anyone.  They didn’t go the extra mile and realize that, without experiencing a shock, the early Persians couldn’t have discovered electricity… also, the metal beam in the pots is completely encased and they could not be used as a battery without altering their design.

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Posted: 16 December 2005 12:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Beware the time-travelling cricket team!  They plan to take a few thousand years to train and perfect their skills, and then they’ll show up and dominate the world with their uncanny abilities.

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Posted: 16 December 2005 02:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Accipiter - 16 December 2005 05:44 AM

Beware the time-travelling cricket team!  They plan to take a few thousand years to train and perfect their skills, and then they’ll show up and dominate the world with their uncanny abilities.

That was roughly my thoughts
petrified cricket balls.

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Posted: 16 December 2005 04:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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R.E the one that most experts believed to be a spark plug. Funny how it went missing. I think therefore we can assume it is a sperk plug.

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Posted: 16 December 2005 06:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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does look an awful lot like a cricketball…

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Posted: 16 December 2005 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Captain Al - 16 December 2005 05:17 AM

I’ve never heard of most of the things mentioned in that article. But there are a couple that have been in popular pseudoscientific literature for a while. One is the Ancient Model Aircraft. It was talked about in “Chariots of the Gods?” by von Daniken. I don’t recall exactly what he said about it but with his reputation I’m sure it wasn’t based on objective research. The article’s description destroys any scientific credibility they may have had by promoting the claim it’s an aerodynamic marvel and able to glide. A little elementary physics will dismiss this as fantasy. It’s made of gold and therefore extremely heavy for its size. That would mean its flight characteristics would be identical to that of a brick. Modern aircraft designed that way need powerful engines to keep aloft. Some even earned the nickname “Widow Makers”. This artifact, like they say, resembles an aircraft, but that doesn’t mean it is. It’s more likely some kind of bird.

The other artifact I recognize is the “Baghdad Battery”. This was also made famous by von Daniken in “Chariots of the Gods?”. Real scientists dismiss the theory it was a battery. The truth is no one knows what it was for. Sure, if you fill it with acid an electric current will flow between the copper and the iron rod. But that will happen any time you have dissimilar metals immersed in an electrolyte. In elementary school, we did an experiment where we stuck a copper and a zinc rod in a lemon then measured the voltage between the two. This effect, called electrolysis, is unavoidable. In fact, boaters go to great lengths to prevent electrolysis from eroding the underwater metal parts (propeller, propeller shafts, rudder fittings, etc.) of their vessels; often unsuccessfully. There is no evidence to indicate the “Baghdad Battery” was ever filled with acid. If people of that era did know about and use electricity, there would be a lot of other evidence around. Why is this the only thing that remains?

If the other eight things are as well researched as the above two items, I don’t think there is anything to be puzzled about. I’m sure a little investigation, such as consulting respected archaeologists that specialize in those particular time periods, will reveal their true identity and purpose.


If the pot ever contained an acid, that should be demonstratable with residue analysis and it will undoubtedly also have its effect on the wall of the pot.

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Posted: 17 December 2005 11:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Javier Carrera? These guys are trying to sound like some creepy alien excavation site! Something much like on DOOM…

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Posted: 21 December 2005 08:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=23811
A message board thread. Scroll down to post 4 to see links to pages debunking these items…or, at least, talking about them.

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