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1,200-year-old Phone - Ancient Peru


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#1    seeder

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:00 PM

There’s a 1,200-year-old Phone in the Smithsonian Collections

We’ll never know the trial and error that went into its creation. The marvel of acoustic engineering—cunningly constructed of two resin-coated gourd receivers, each three-and-one-half inches long; stretched-hide membranes stitched around the bases of the receivers; and cotton-twine cord extending 75 feet when pulled taut—arose out of the Chimu empire at its height. The dazzlingly innovative culture was centered in the Río Moche Valley in northern Peru, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the western Andes.

http://www.smithsoni...l#ixzz2njrXl1DH


I can just see it now, ancient Peruvians up a mountain, on the phone to those below working away...  Man on phone saying "Oi, that bits not vitrified enough"  :lol:


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Edited by seeder, 18 December 2013 - 06:17 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:09 PM

It wuz ALIENS!!! :whistle:

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:15 PM

View PostLeonardo, on 18 December 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

It wuz ALIENS!!! :whistle:

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:w00t:   haha yeh, what else?

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

Great find, seeder.  :tu:

I wish there was more like this to show "fringies" just how ingenious our ancestors were - despite their "primitive technology".

Edited by Leonardo, 18 December 2013 - 06:18 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

It was AAT&T.

(Ancient American Telephone & Telegraph Company)


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:19 PM

The old one may be too fragile to test, but surely the materials can still be found and a new one recreated for testing...?

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:26 PM

And... we have now a new site to look at -

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"The sophisticated culture was eclipsed when the Inca emperor Tupac Yupanqui conquered the Chimu king Minchancaman around 1470. During its heyday, the urban center of Chan Chan was the largest adobe metropolis in pre-Columbian America. The central nucleus covered 2.3 square miles.

Today, the angular contours of ten immense compounds, once surrounded by thick, 30-foot-high walls, are visible. The compounds, or ciudadelas, erected successively by ten Chimu kings, were subdivided into labyrinths of corridors, kitchens, courtyard gardens, wells, burial sites, supply rooms and residential and administrative chambers, or audiencias.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:30 PM

View PostChild of Bast, on 18 December 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

The old one may be too fragile to test, but surely the materials can still be found and a new one recreated for testing...?

Yes and I find it VERY interesting they used a membrane... I mean we know tin cans work to an extent....but its the refinement of using the skin membrane I find amazing.

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The marvel of acoustic engineering—cunningly constructed of two resin-coated gourd receivers, each three-and-one-half inches long; stretched-hide membranes stitched around the bases of the receivers;

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:55 PM

So basically it was the prototype for the old two-tin-cans-on-a-piece-of-string then?

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:57 PM

View PostChild of Bast, on 18 December 2013 - 06:19 PM, said:

The old one may be too fragile to test, but surely the materials can still be found and a new one recreated for testing...?
No need to test, We used to make these when I was a kid.  They work great!


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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:58 PM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 18 December 2013 - 06:55 PM, said:

So basically it was the prototype for the old two-tin-cans-on-a-piece-of-string then?

Not quite,not quite... it also was the prototype of the cans....

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No need to test, We used to make these when I was a kid.  They work great!

Yep, two cans and a piece of string. And if you can't find no cans use some plastic cups and a thin string.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:58 PM

And three days later came the first telemarketing...

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:59 PM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 18 December 2013 - 06:55 PM, said:

So basically it was the prototype for the old two-tin-cans-on-a-piece-of-string then?

Its a bloody unbelievable find... and the string phones work best with a vibrating membrane, like a drum skin...as they have..... tin cans were never so delicate

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 07:00 PM

Damn it!!  Ive just found evidence of even older phones

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 07:13 PM

I'm amazed the twine and membranes survived. If it weren't the Smithsonian, I'd be left wanting more validation. Though that first bit bothers me. I'm not very well educated in archaeology, but what are the odds of the membranes alone surviving that long? Honest question.

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