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Ancient Mayans mastered water pressure

Posted on Saturday, 26 December, 2009 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: thefinalfrontier


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The ancient Mayans may have been a lot more advanced in the area of running water than previously thought, scientists believe the Mayans may have possessed fountains and even toilets through the control of water pressure.

"The ancient Mayans may have had enough engineering know-how to master running water, creating fountains and even toilets by controlling water pressure, scientists now suggest."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Paracelse on 27 December, 2009, 7:25
Perhaps it's time to realize the human mind is like the planet, with period of global warming and period of glaciation... Most of us think in a linear form, Neanderthal, Cro-magnon, then various culture: Assyrians, Egyptians, Tene culture etc.. then the Greeks, Romans etc... yet new archeological discoveries tend to prove that human knowledge is not linear.. the creators of the Antikethera mechanism knew the earth was round and that knowledge was forgotten. In Bagdad, electricity was known more than 2000 years ago, also forgotten. Admiral Reis (better known as Piri Reis) admits he had used muc... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Graveyard Hound on 27 December, 2009, 19:22
I like to think of myself as being open minded, on almost any topic, this included. It might be possible and I have nothing to refute what the author presented. I found it interesting and know some plumbers that might be impressed by it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ninjadude on 27 December, 2009, 20:32
the creators of the Antikethera mechanism knew the earth was round and that knowledge was forgotten. It was not. The flat earth thing is a myth by pseudo scientists of the day.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ShadowSot on 27 December, 2009, 20:54
yet new archeological discoveries tend to prove that human knowledge is not linear.. the creators of the Antikethera mechanism knew the earth was round and that knowledge was forgotten. No, that's a Victorian age fallacy. The ancient Greeks were the first to record that the Earth was round, and calculate it's size. In Bagdad, electricity was known more than 2000 years ago, also forgotten. No, the jars did not work as conductors, much more likely they were, like the other similar jars of the area, storage for sacred scrolls. To actually use them as batteries requires changing a good amount of t... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by the rebirth on 30 December, 2009, 18:59
i don't understand the predilection to assume that newly discovered cultures are inferior and barbaric. or for that matter, ancient cultures were ignorant and primitive. i find it entirely plausible that the Mayans mastered water pressure. being surrounded by water sources and changes in elevation would surely have given them insights on the nature of fluid dynamics. applying those insights to create pressure differentials for their own use would be a series of relatively simple innovations. its not like all humans born before our millennia were morons. its not like all humans born in our time... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by MasterAdam on 2 January, 2010, 6:16
No surprise here. If they were capable of creating a system of aquaducts, then I'm sure they could have made toilets as well.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Brakzar_Break on 2 January, 2010, 6:18
Never knew they did that! Thanks for the interesting info, thefinalfrontier!


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