Most of the ancient technologies and manufacturing processes have disappeared because they are being suppressed by the modern inventions while others are not understood by modern scientists. The inventors of past technologies have died or have gone home as legends. This is because most of them discovered impressive things which were stopped to continue operating because they could compete with balance of nature. From analog computers which were created about three thousand years ago to digital glasses. If they had today’s resources then modern technologies could not have existed. This article is all about top ten technologies which were lost or suppressed and they could change the world’s face if they still existed.
Here are the Top 10 Lost Technologies Ever until 2017
This technology was invented by ancient romans and Greeks and it was really astonishing especially in the area of medicine. Nepenthe was used to cure the bereaved in the society and also to drive away sorrow. This drug is said to have its roots in Egypt but it ceased to exist even today because of it had serious side effects of making people forget fast. Most people compare this drug with laudanum or opium. It was a mysterious drug because scientists are still struggling to get its equivalent.
9. Antikythera Mechanism
This technology among the mysterious inventions and was discovered in early 1900’s by Greeks. It is equipped with over 30 cranks, gears and dials that were manipulated to chart sun and moon’s astronomical positions. Most people referred to it as a crude clock that was able to compute solar years and lunar phases and most individuals compared it with the analog computer. It ceased to operate because there was a lot of fear that its use could spread to other parts of the world and could interfere with the balance of nature.
8. Damascus steel
This technology was a strong kind of metal and was largely used in Middle East. Most people compared it with swords and was widely known because of its impressive cutting ability. It was able to cut metals and even rocks and it ceased to operate because the ores which were needed to make Damascus steel began to run low and the makers were obliged to do discover other things.
This was an herbal drug that was used by Romans as birth control and it was lost simply because of lack of cooperation by nature. Silphium could also treat indigestion, warts, fever and other forms of diseases. Women were advised to drink its juice every two weeks to avoid pregnancy and even end and any existing pregnancy. Therefore silphium is one oof the oldest abortion techniques.
6. Flexible glass
Flexible glass was invented by a very skilled Glass maker from Roman. If the material is thrown to the floor it will not break instead it dents and a hammer can be used to easily repair it. In fact there was a fear that this material could undermine the importance of gold, silver and aluminium. The reason for disappearance of flexible is still unknown up to today.
5. The cloudbuster
The technology was discovered in 1950. It was impressive because it was able to make rain anytime and in any place whenever we want. The material was destroyed and its production stopped because people thought that it had the capability to interfere with the balance and state of nature. Most people during this era had a believe and responsibility not to compete with nature.
4. The library of Alexandria
This library was established in Egypt in a place called Alexandria. The objective was to collect and store all information about the world and put in a single place although the size of data collected was not known. The library gained support of great minds such as Aristophones and zenodotus of Byzantium. The library became so popular to the extent that all visitors to Alexandria would surrender their books for a copy to be stored.
3. The Apollo
The Apollo was one of the technologies used to man space flights and it was widely associated to the biggest success of NASA. It was used by first people to trip the moon. Apollo is also known because it landed a crew on the moon in 1969. The Apollo was lost not because it was useless but it became obsolete and lost its compatibility.
2. The Roman cement
The technology was invented by Romans and it was the first concrete to be largely used by Egyptians , Romans and Persians. The Romans made the concrete by mixing crushed rocks and water with burnt lime. This concrete was used to construct most popular land mark structures such as Roman baths, colosseum and aqueducts. The recipe for concrete was lost because of the discovery of modern Portland cement but it was an impressive concrete during those times.
1. Greek fire
This is considered by many people as the most popular lost technology of all the time. Greek fire was incredible weapon and a type of sticky fire that could burn even in water. It was used by Byzantines in 11th century to fight against Arab attackers. Initially, it was put into jars and threw to invaders just like a cock tail or a grenade. Thereafter, tubes were invented which were used to spray on the enemy. Therefore, Greek fire was highly impressive technology during those times and it was lost because of the establishment of more sophisticated weapons such as grenades which could go a longer distance to reach the enemy than the Greek fire.
Although most of present day advanced technology wonders many people, we must agree with the fact that the technologies invented long time ago was really impressive despite the fact that the inventors didn’t have sufficient resources to advance and even come with new things. It is also important to note that most of the ancient inventions were lost mainly because of their obsoleteness although few were lost because they were thought to interfere with the balance of nature. Therefore modern inventors learned from their ancient counterparts to design more advanced technologies today.