10 Oldest Technologies Scientists Still Can’t Explain

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Thousands of years ago great minds managed to create incredible technologies that were way ahead of their time, like a fire that couldn’t be extinguished by water, an unbreakable medieval sword, and even an ancient computer from 200 B.C.E.! You’d be surprised to find out what crazy inventions existed back then that science still can’t explain today. If you’re ready to learn more about these mind-blowing ancient inventions plus a whole lot more, then keep on watching.

The stone globes of Costa Rica 0:59
The Roman dodecahedron 3:16
The Phaistos Disk in Crete 4:48
Greek fire 6:14
Damascus steel 7:31
The Iron pillar of Delhi 8:37
The Viking Ulfberht sword 10:11
The Voynich manuscript 11:56
The Zhang Heng seismograph 14:06
The Antikythera mechanism 15:12

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-Granodiorite rocks can easily be carved using temperature techniques. Hundreds of stone spheres were found quarried in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains. Researchers even saw a gigantic ball weighing over 16 tons.
-The Roman dodecahedron had 12 flat pentagon-shaped faces with a knob protruding on each corner. It might have been a dice, a kid’s toy, a candle holder, a simple decoration, a measuring device on the battlefield, or an astronomical instrument, to name a few.
-The Phaistos Disk was made from clay and measures about 6.2 inches in diameter. Experts concluded that it was a prayer to an ancient Minoan goddess.
-The formula of Greek fire was a well-guarded state secret for over 7 centuries. Greek fire was used in naval warfare.
-Blades made from Damascus steel were the most sought after in medieval Europe. And that’s because they were the best swords at the time.
-The Iron pillar of Delhi dates back to the Gupta period, which lasted from about 240 to 590 C.E. A small amount of rust has started to form, but it is strange that there isn’t more.
-Viking Ulfberht swords are believed to have been made around 800 to 1,000 C.E., but experts were sure that the technology used to make swords of such extraordinary quality didn’t come around until 800 years later.
-The Voynich manuscript has 240 pages broken up into four sections: herbal, astrological, balneological, and pharmacological. There have literally been dozens of failed attempts to crack this thing.
-In 132 C.E., Zhang Heng, a Chinese inventor, astronomer, engineer, scientist, scholar, and artist, invented a seismoscope and presented it to the Han court as an instrument for measuring seasonal winds and the Earth’s movements.
-The Antikythera mechanism was retrieved by a group of divers in 1900 and has been dubbed “the world’s first analog computer” and it was made around 200 B.C.E.

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"Thing scientists cannot explain" ... proceeds to explain...

Author — Psylent


Did you seriously show an image of a caveman with a stone-tipped spear for 200 BCE? 200 BCE was during the height of the Roman Empire, when the first close approximation was made of the distance from the Earth to the Sun, and the beginning of the Great Wall of China! Does that sound like cavemen with spears?

Author — Antic the Fearless


Technologies scientists can't explain in the year 3000: an unbreakable Nokia 3310.

Author — Mister


Wootz was not lost in the 17th century, do your homework mate. Wootz was made well into the 19th century at Decanni (Hyderabad region) and in Salem in India. The method wasn't lost it just ceased to be used because of the superior and cheaper alloys which were coming out of Sheffield and swamping the market in India. The export of wootz was stopped by the British from India because of deforestation they claimed in the 1850s and the industry could no longer be supported. The knowledge of how to do it was still around, preserved by several key first hand accounts and recipes. It was never lost, it just fell out of use. I am a maker of Wootz and a researcher into Crucible Steels.

Author — Tim Mitchell


Give props to our ancestors for some of these creations. There were no Ikea instructions back in their time.

Author — Michael Jay - Value Investing


i bet those stone spheres were a punishment.. you're free when you have turned this boulder into a sphere.. i'm serious. who else thinks this makes sense.

Author — jack bauer


The title is completely wrong. Should read "OId technologies that are easy to make but whose purpose is mysterious in some cases."

Author — Gief Grief


Are you kidding me? those stone orbs are obviously the rejects when setting up crazy tomb traps.

Author — Chris W


The stone globes of Costa Rica 0:59 The Roman dodecahedron 3:16 The Phaistos Disk in Crete 4:48 Greek fire 6:14 Damascus steel 7:31 The Iron pillar of Delhi 8:37 The Viking Ulfberht sword 10:11 The Voynich manuscript 11:56 The Zhang Heng seismograph 14:06 The Antikythera mechanism 15:12

Author — bruce lee


Asian technology was so ahead of its time back then! The Zhang Heng seismograph is amazing.



1. Toilets were invented by the Indians not Romans, Indus Valley predates the Roman Empire by a few thousand years
2. Damascus steel was not "invented by middle eastern swordsmiths" You just explained that the special technique for the steel came from India, so what part did the middle eastern swordsmiths invent? did they invent swords? And wootz didn't mysteriously disappear, it's still made in India. What happened in the 1700s is that the British took over India and took over the steel technology for themselves and banned the production of steel in India by Indians. By the time the British were kicked out other alloys and types of steel had been invented, so wootz was forgotten. 
Saying Damascus steel was invented by the Arabs is like says the numbers we use are "Arab numerals". If you're going to teach history to people you ought to do some research yourself first.

Author — Tuvikshatra Tantrin


why did BC and AD get changed to BCE and CE? I don't like the change !

Author — Don Bahn


Damascus steel: how was this technology lost? Simple: the supply of the steel from India was interrupted. The End.

Author — Pavel Mecer


its funny how anti-religious politically correct people try to remove BC and AD. they try to remove the terms, and change it to BCE. all time is based upon, the birth and death of Jesus Christ.
100 BCE is the same as 100 BC

Author — jakeworld


(5:56) If 90% of it (on one side) has been deciphered, why wouldn't you share what it says?

Author — PsyintZ


Who else clicked because they saw the Zulfiqar (Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib's AS sword) :)

Author — علي د


Damascus is not difficult to figure out, never has been either. Layering different metals while forging is a fully recognised idea that has been around since man first discovered how to forge rather than smelt. In terms of strength, its better to have a rigid, heavy object covered in a softer material. PACKAGING! thats all Damascus is. Hard in layers of soft meaning less stress in upkeep, cheaper to replace & much lighter to carry. The Japanese swordsmiths had this down to a fine art a millennia before modern metallurgy & forging knowhow. They did it with clays & twigs instead of chemical fluxes.

If you want to figure this out for yourself, I will teach you a trick!!

Take a normal cigarette. Try to bend it in half. It broke? Of course it did.
Now, wrap it tightly in clingfilm & try to bend it again...
No breakage! You can even knot it depending on how long the ciggie is!
You can do this with tin foil or even the silvery paper on the inside of card packs.

You cover a brittle thing with a softer thing and the brittle thing doesnt break because the soft thing takes the brunt.


Author — SectionedSparrow


Drop the BCE/CE garbage already.... It was BC and AD for 2000 years pointing back to a specific year when a specific person lived. You don't gave to like it but you do have to accept it. He did exist whether you like it or not...

Author — Charles Parker


I'm an atheist but i'm hacked off whenever i hear BCE and CE (Before Common Era, and Common Era) used instead of BC and AD(Before Christ and Anno Domini - 'In the year of our lord'). They say that history is written by the victors; now history is re-written by apologetic, PC, don't want to cause any offence, snowflakes.
At a guess, the majority of the ppl watching youtube vids in English follow the tenets of the Judea-Christian religion/culture or live in countries where Christianity is the majority religion. Why is it that the culture/viewpoints of the majority have to be overridden in order not to offend minorities. Plus, there's evidence that a helluva lot of minorities take no offence/don't care whether we wish 'Happy Christmas' of 'Happy Holidays'.
Let's stop being cucks to PC idealogues!
Rant over, nothing to see here; move along now!

Author — John Dirom