Tuesday, 9 May 2017

History's Mysteries: The Baghdad Battery

The Baghdad Battery

Found just outside Baghdad, Iraq in Khujut Rabu in 1938, were a group of fist-sized earthenware jars, thought to be around 2000 years old.
The Jars, consisting of an earthenware shell, a stopper composed of asphalt, an iron rod, that runs from its lid through to its base, and a cylinder of copper which surrounds the iron rod, were these the worlds first batteries?

The discovery was made by German archaeologist Wilhelm Konig in 1938, who in 1940 published a paper on the subject.

Our history books tell us that Count Alessandro Volt first made the discovery of current being produced when he placed a probe of two dissimilar metals against a frog, a very weak current was generated, he then set about placing his probes in different chemical solutions instead of the living tissue and replicated his electricity generation, and thus the “voltaic pile” or electric battery was born in 1800!
So did Volt invent the battery or did he rework something the ancient Iraqis had already invented?

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© 2013 Allen Tiller
first published 8 Jan 2013

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