The Baghdad Battery

In 1938 Dr. Wilhelm Konig found several earthenware pots at a dig near Baghdad, Iraq. The pots dated back 2000 years and were found to be electrical batteries.

Each pot contained a tube of sheet copper made up of smaller cylinders soldered to each other with a 60-40 lead-tin alloy. The bottoms of the cylinders were capped with copper disks and sealed with asphalt or bitumen. Another layer of asphalt held two suspended iron rods down into the pot and copper tube and showed evidence of being corroded by acids. When a replica of the pots was made with fresh materials, it was found that the iron rod held at the top generated between 1.5 and 2 volts of electricity.

According to current historical beliefs, electricity wasn’t ‘discovered’ until the 19th century, yet here it is.

Some researchers have said we only know about 10% of our species’ history.  Could it be that this is simply a missing piece of a larger puzzle we don’t even know about?

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Jason Donner

Jason Donner devoured the universe and you are all living inside him.