We like emphasizing the importance of human growth. And with good reason: we’ve gone a long way in the previous several centuries, decades, and even years. Science progresses in leaps and bounds, presenting one revolutionary discovery after another and filling our heads with ideas for the next great thing.
However, this does not imply that humans were ignorant in the past. If we go back far enough in history, we can see that humans could always outdo themselves. Yes, the tools were different and less sophisticated back then, but some of the artifacts that have withstood the test of time manage to amaze us today.
Moses is a 1513-1515 Michelangelo marble sculpture. A little muscle in the forearms that only contracts when the pinky is elevated is one of the many subtleties of this masterpiece. Moses is lifting his pinky and contracting it.
Excavations at Mezhyrich, Ukraine, in 1965 revealed the discovery of four homes with 149 mammoth bones. These shelters, which date back roughly 15,000 years, are among the earliest known to have been built by prehistoric men.
The Veiled Christ, a marble sculpture by Giuseppe Sanmartino, is on display at Naples’ Cappella Sansevero. There was a belief that the statue was covered with an actual veil and progressively changed into marble over time through chemical processes because of its remarkable realism.
El Per-Waka’, Petén, Guatemala, 1,500-year-old Ceramic Maya Figurine with Removable Helmet.
After studying the moon via his telescope in 1609, Galileo Galeili created the first-ever sketches of the moon.
The astrological clock in Prague, which dates from 1410, is the world’s oldest continually running clock.
Some of the world’s oldest windmills still spin in the tiny town of Nashtifan, Iran. The windmills, made of natural clay, straw, and wood, have been milling grain for flour for over 1,000 years.
A successful cranioplasty procedure from the beginning (Peru, ca. 400 CE). As indicated by the well-healed in situ cranioplasty constructed from a gold inlay, the patient lived. Now on exhibit in Lima at the Peruvian Gold Museum and the World Weapons Museum.
A silk and gilded leather three-mast Ottoman tent from the 17th century. In addition, The Turkish Chamber at the Dresden Armoury is now open to the public.
Detail of Emperor Maximilian II of Austria’s Hercules armor. It was created in 1555 and is presently on exhibit in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.
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