Iraq may seem the central focus regarding the farcical ‘war on terror’ meme. However, Iraq happens to be one of the oldest cultures in the world. It is a place rich in heritage, the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel are said to have been sited in this ancient land. Not to mention ancient Mesopotamia (pre-Iraq) also gave us writing and the wheel.
There is however another quite remarkable device which dates back over 2,000 years; the Baghdad Battery. This device may have been used as a galvanic cell, perhaps used for electroplating objects and garnishing them with a gold or silver layer. The amazing part, if the battery was used for this purpose then it pre-dates Alessandro Volta’s 1800 invention of the electrochemical cell by more than a millennium.
Wilhelm Konig, the German archaeologist who discovered the Baghdad Battery in 1938 postulated that the discovery had to have been a battery. The strange fact of the matter is that during 200BC, in the Parthian era, the skilled warriors were not noted for their scientific achievements. Herein lies the question… How could ancient Persian science have grasped the principles of electricity and arrived at this knowledge?
Even though this artefact is known as the Baghdad Battery, no-one is sure what they were actually used for. Replicas of the battery can produce voltages from 0.8 to 2.0 volts. Similar in fact to the voltage produced if you were to stick a nail into the side of a tree.
Some suggested applications of the Baghdad battery include: -
- This suggestion seems to be the most popular, this is the process used to create the most evil invention of mankind; money.
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- The battery would be attached to a statue, when people came to worship their God/s, if they were to touch the statue they would receive a small electrical shock via the Baghdad battery.
Is this yet another ‘forgotten’ suppressed technology which has been brushed under the passage of time’s carpets!
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