Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology
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PLOS ONE: Phytoliths in Pottery Reveal the Use of Spice in European Prehistoric Cuisine

PLOS ONE: Phytoliths in Pottery Reveal the Use of Spice in European Prehistoric Cuisine | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Not exactly a lost technology but, nonetheless an interesting idea that our earlier ancestors used plants for taste rather than just an energy source.

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The History of Early Computing Machines, from Ancient Times to 1981

The History of Early Computing Machines, from Ancient Times to 1981 | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
From the abacus to the IBM personal computer, calculating devices have come a long way. Let's take a look through the history of these machines and the remarkable progress that came with the 20th century.
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An interesting collection of devices.

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Grave Study Puts Ancient Sexuality In Spotlight

Grave Study Puts Ancient Sexuality In Spotlight | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
By: Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/17/2013 07:51 AM EDT on LiveScience The peak period for baby-making sex in ancient Egypt was in July and August, when the weather was at its hottest.
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It makes me wonder how much religion and ritual is intertwined with the basic need to reproduce. I also find the inclusion of ancient methods of contraception interesting. 

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In Israel, a modern wall is halted by ancient terraces

In Israel, a modern wall is halted by ancient terraces | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
Israel’s high court has issued an injunction against extending the separation barrier through the Palestinian village of Batir, famed for its 2,500-year-old terraces and aqueducts.
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I won't comment on the modern wall but, I'm glad they've put history before politics.

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The Russian Computer That Ran On Water

The Russian Computer That Ran On Water | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
In the days before Intel, Apple and Google, computing was a much more traditional affair. We're talking levers, gears, and other mechanisms that could all automate counting in some way or other.
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A water powered computer? I would have loved to have seen this one in action. Perhaps there's someone out there willing to do a reconstruction?

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New signs of language surface in mystery Voynich text - physics-math - 21 June 2013 - New Scientist

New signs of language surface in mystery Voynich text - physics-math - 21 June 2013 - New Scientist | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
Some had dismissed the unknown script in a mysterious 15th-century illustrated text as gibberish, but statistical analysis indicates it could be a cipher
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This particular text has been bugging the experts for years. The history of the Voynich Text is a study in itself and  has generated all kinds of interesting, if not fanciful, claims. Perhaps one day we'll know the whole story.

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Andean Future Cities and the Modern Machu Picchu-ish Metropolis : Peruvian Times

Andean Future Cities and the Modern Machu Picchu-ish Metropolis : Peruvian Times | Lost Inventions, Forgotten Technology | Scoop.it
By Rick Vecchio ✐ Peruvian Times Contributing Editor ☄ As part of the process of human evolution and, moreover, human survival, modern cities are due (RT @peruviantimes: “Applied archaeology” to revive ancient agricultural technology of...
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There seems to be this whole cyclical thing going on here. Transition groups also work with the idea that one of our major  resources (oil) will run out soon. This will necitate the need for city farming to become more common as long-distance transportation will become an issue.

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