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Originally posted by EnigmaAgent
I just watched this on BBC iplayer. Great programme and interesting.
edit on 11/5/12 by EnigmaAgent because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SamYool83
I watched a program on this last night...breathtaking how complex this machine actually was! I believe the collective of experts who studied it worked out it was even used to work out when eclipses were to take place. It really does go to show how much we underestimate the capabilities of the ancients. One of the final comments on the program was something about how, before the Romans came along and took over everything, the Greeks were so close to the knowledge and understanding we have now...and that was what, 2000 years ago?! Makes you think!
he give skill to mortal artists, and, conjointly with her, he was believed to have taught men the arts which embellish and adorn life
The figurine was determined to be about 32,000 years old by carbon dating material from the same layer in which the sculpture was found. It is associated with the archaeological Aurignacian culture. The sculpture is 29.6 cm (11.7 inches) in height, 5.6 cm wide, and 5.9 cm thick. It was carved out of mammoth ivory using a flint stone knife. There are seven parallel, transverse, carved gouges on the left arm. It is now in the museum in Ulm, Germany.
Originally posted by AlonzoTyper
As someone who spent his life working on designing and building things, I can attest that we are still unable to match the quality of the engineering that went on thousands of years ago.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that now, everything we build is done as quickly and as cheaply as possible.
Its just sort of mind boggling to think that so much time has passed and in some categories, such as over all general hygiene, materialistic personal tech gadgets, we have come very far, and yet we're lucky when we build a structure that lasts over a hundred years.