Top 10 inventions of our ancestors never explained by science

Today, science has enabled us to solve a lot of mysteries. Really practice this science. And yet there are still unsolved mysteries. Normal. We are not at the parts guys we have to give time to time. And among the unsolved mysteries, there are some inventions perfected by our ancestors whose elaboration we still have not managed to understand. If only they were there to answer us…

1. The Greek fire

No, this fire that burns everything in its path does not only exist in the Game of Thrones series. The Grégeois fire (which comes from the “Greek” in old French) is a real thing that really existed and which had the capacity to burn just about anything, even in contact with the fleet. We owe its invention to the architect Callinicus of Heliopolis in the 7th century. There are subsequently several “recipes” of late Grégeois but only the original remains a mystery today. We have made some assumptions about the components but nothing is certified, the fault of a damn family secret that prevented its disclosure.

2. Damascus steel

Beside, your ceramic knife, let me tell you, it’s gnognotte. Basically, this steel was developed in India and disappeared in the 17th century. It’s stupid because it was of suuuuper quality. Of such good quality that we still do not know today what it was made of. However, there are currently ersatz models that can be recognized by their moiré appearance mixing several forged steels in such a way as to draw patterns. So good it’s fine, we can say that we survive in this Damascus steel.

3. The Voynich Manuscript

It probably meant nothing to you until now, but imagine that this manuscript is a mystery for science. Found in 1912 near Rome, it cannot be dated very exactly but its vellum would probably date back to the 15th century. And what drives us totally crazy is that this manuscript is not only anonymous (the name Voynich comes from Wilfrid Voynich who discovered it) but it is also written in a language that we still haven’t been able to decipher. . The hypotheses are going well, we don’t even know if it’s a herbarium or just a big fat hoax.

4. The Antikythera Machine

It doesn’t speak to you like that, but it’s still the first calculator. And it dates back to antiquity. The object was then used to calculate astronomical positions. To date there is only one example (which was discovered in 1911) of this gear mechanism. On the other hand, we still don’t really know how it worked or who developed it or even what it was used for exactly.

Top 10 inventions of our ancestors never explained by science
Photo credits (CC BY 2.5): No machine-readable author provided. Marsyas assumed (based on copyright claims).

5. Zhang Heng’s seismoscope

Earthquakes do not date from the last rain, as Zhang Heng can testify. This 1st century Chinese scientist was fed up with earthquakes, so he found a way, not to prevent them, but to calculate their magnitude. In short, he invented the very first seismoscope. The crazy thing is that the quality of his machine was such that his results were at least as accurate as our current seismographs. Vexing.

6. Viking Ulfberht’s Swords

The Vikings raise a lot of fantasies. But among the real mysteries that remain, we cannot miss the steel of their swords. This type of extremely pure steel could not be reproduced in Europe until the Industrial Revolution, but the fact remains that we still have no information on their manufacture.

7. The Iron Pillar of Delhi

This pillar still exists and you can visit it on your next trip to India. It was built in the course of the 3rd century and the 6th century. Its mystery? It does not rust. Here. It is said. We may make several assumptions (its resistance to corrosion could be due to the hydrogen phosphate which protects it from the humid climate but also the quality of its iron), doubt persists. However, if we focus so much on the subject it is because this pillar could help us find solutions, for example to contain our nuclear waste.

Top 10 inventions of our ancestors never explained by science
Photo credits (Public Domain): Photograph taken by Mark A. Wilson (Department of Geology, The College of Wooster).

8. Phaistos Disc

Found in 1908 by an Italian archaeologist, this disc whose existence could well date back to the 2nd millennium BC is covered with hieroglyphs: 241 signs. Here. Apart from that, we don’t know who made it, or why, or how, or what it could have been used for.

9. The Roman Dodecahedron

We are talking about a 12-sided polyhedron as you can see in the image below. This object dates more or less from the 2nd or 3rd century AD. J.-C. but we do not know at all what it is used for or why it exists. We have not yet found any text that mentions anything on this subject and that would explain its existence directly or indirectly. Some hypotheses lean towards the candlestick, others see it as a dice or even an instrument dedicated to astronomy, but none of these assumptions have been proven.

10. The megalithic spheres of Costa Rica

These huge balls of stone are not only lithic, they are MEGAlithic, I don’t know if you see the delirium. And they are tearing the hair out of our friends the scientists who have not been able to find either their origin or their usefulness. However, it is very likely that during looting, these stones were moved, which makes their analysis much more difficult…

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