Ancient High Tech

“I find as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the existence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advance of science.” 1
Werner von Braun

Evolution theory pictures some ancient human ancestors as knuckle-dragging oafs, communicating by grunts, incapable of most any meaningful task other than survival. The residue of ancient landscapes reveal contrary evidence. Human ancestors developed cultures capable of artistic creativity, invention, design, and engineering marvels of construction.

ancient roman aqueducts

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Remnants of two-thousand-year-old Roman aqueducts,
symbols of engineering genius, enhance European landscapes.

Less than fifty years after Darwin unveiled his molecule-to-man scenario, divers off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera discovered encrusted remains of a mechanical device that still raises eyebrows. Designated the “Antikythera Mechanism,” the 2,000+ year-old device, with its 30 bronze gears and more than 80 fragments, continues to intrigue researchers unraveling its mysteries.

Even before surrendering its secrets, the delicate design suggests that, far from evolution’s mischaracterization of ancient humans as knuckle-dragging oafs who communicated with grunts and groans, our ancestors walked, talked, and created as fully developed Homo sapiens.

ancient construction skills

Courtesy Alex Whitaker,

Evidence of ancient, high tech construction skills.
Pumapunku, Bolivia, circa 2500 years BP.

Contemporary scholars believe the Antikythera Mechanism, built circa BC 87, carries information showing the earth’s relationship to the sun, our moon and the five planets recognized by the Greeks. X-ray technology has identified inner-workings that track the Olympic year cycle, in a design as complex as a 19th century Swiss clock.

The technological and engineering skills, carved in stone by human ancestors, continue to amaze. Even tools used continue to baffle. These weather-beaten, architectural monuments, thousands of years old, testify that mankind did not descend from mediocre-minded knuckle draggers.

This is an excerpt from a chapter of the 2016 Edition
of “Three Days Before the Sun”, now available
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