25 Pieces Of Modern Technology That Are Actually Ancient

Do you ever think about how the technologies that you use every day were invented? Okay, of course you do. But there are probably a few that you consistently overlook, or at least take for granted. How about screws? You never thought about them did you? Well, today we’re going to take a look at 25 Pieces Of Modern Technology That Are Actually Ancient!

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25

Archimedes' Screw

Archimedes' screw

Used to pump water from low-lying bodies of water since antiquity, the “screw” is still in use today!

24

Plumbing

Plumbing

This technology pretty much made civilization possible. And it still does today! It’s something to be thankful for next time you take a potty break.

23

Writing

Writing

It seems so trivial, but cavemen scratching things into walls led to hieroglyphs, which led to papyrus, which led to manuscripts, which led to the printing press, which led to you reading this.

22

Reminder Alarms

Reminder alarms

Ever since ancient Greece, people have been setting alarms to wake themselves up or remind themselves of something. It is said that Plato even had a large water alarm clock.

21

Shoelaces

Shoelaces

We can fly into space, but after 3,000 years, we still attach pieces of leather to our feet using string. At least there is no shortage of style.



Photos: All images public domain via pixabay except number 25. SilberwolfArchimedes-screw one-screw-threads with-ball 3D-view animatedCC BY-SA 2.5

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