Mysterious Ancient Indian Metal Works Surpass Modern Technology

    The top of the Iron Pillar of Delhi, located in Mehrauli, India. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

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    What is amazing about the Iron Pillar of Delhi is that, in spite of being at least 1,500 years old and possibly much older, it is so impenetrable to corrosion that even modern technology fails to match it.

    The 24-foot pillar is 99.72 percent iron, according to professor A.P. Gupta, head of the Department of Applied Sciences and Humanities at the Institute of Technology and Management in India.

    In modern times, wrought iron has been made with a purity of about 99–99.8 percent, but it contains manganese and sulfur, two ingredients absent in the pillar. The pillar was also coated in a protective oxide film. It is unlike anything produced today.

    It has survived more than 1,000 monsoons without rusting. An inscription on it dates to about A.D. 400, but it was common at the time to re-erect old pillars with new inscriptions declaring victory in battle or some other triumph.

    John Rowlett wrote in “A Study of the Craftsmen of Ancient and Medieval Civilizations to Show the Influence of their Training on our Present Day Method of Trade Education” that the pillar was made “400 years before the largest known foundry of the world could have produced it.”

    He also noted that the Sultanganj Buddha, which was cast of pure copper and weighs more than a ton, is some 1,500 years old and “no scientific explanation has yet been made in regard to how it was built at such an early date.”

    A pamphlet for the statue at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where the Buddha statue is displayed reads: “For it to have survived virtually intact for around 1,500 years makes the Sultanganj Buddha unique in the world.”

    The Sultanganj Buddha. (Wikimedia Commons)

    • HeyJude

      There are many MANY lost pages of our history. Our ancestors were doing so many things so long ago that we would have trouble doing today, even with all of our technology. I doubt we will ever know how they achieved the incredible architectural feats that they did. As the guy in that show says…everything we think we know about history is wrong. From the discoveries we already know about, I know he is right about that. The stone spheres found all over the globe and the massive stone slabs set on the sides of Peruvian Mountain tops should give anyone pause………

      • Richard M

        This sculpture is not human technology. It was brought to Earth ten thousand years ago by Ra, Apohis and other Goa’uld System Lords.

        Tampering with the sculpture will send notification to the System Lords that earth based technology is ready to be harvested! And that Earth life forms are sufficiently trained, as to make suitable hosts for possession…….;-}

        • Klenze

          Dude…I want what you’re smoking…

          • Bob Smith

            He’s regurgitating the Stargate SG1 story line.

            • James Wentz

              Pretty funny, actually!

            • Richard M

              Thanks,JW……Glad to see some people know what a smiley emoticon means.

            • Klenze

              Next he’ll be running down Main St. naked screaming “The Vorlons are coming!!!” lol

            • Richard M

              Actually, I included elements of SG1 mythology, along with ideas from Arthur C Clarke’s 2001 series of books.

              The smiley face emoticon, at the end, indicates that the entire post is facetious, and intended to amuse the readers.

          • Fred

            Me too.

        • rg9rts

          It’s Okay Richard I have your meds here

          • Richard M

            Well they’re not doing me any good, there. Fed Ex them to my secret underground lair, please.

            • rg9rts

              So you’re bunking with Canuk?
              a note on disappearing comments. I’ve seen the same thing but what I’ve been getting is my email notifications going directly to the trash. Some I know I’ve never seen.

            • Richard M

              With Canuck? Yes. Send along a box of ear plugs, please. He snores like a bloody polar bear.

              I don’t get the Emails. I don’t have time to review dozens or hundreds of items……I just try to keep up via the notifications…..Probably making a hash out of it too.

            • rg9rts

              Figured he snored….I’m surprised he’s not in hibernation.

      • alleypanther

        To me one of the most astounding engineering feats lies in the ruins of Puma Puncu in Bolivia. The sheer weight of the stones, on avg. 100 tons and some upward of 400 tons, cut with the accuracy of a laser, or at the very least diamond coated blades, and the design and fit is amazing. Modern historians date it at 500 AD., local legend is it’s far older than that, pre-deluvian at 15,000 yrs. B.C.. The Gateway of the Sun at Tiwanaku nearby is precisely aligned to the solar events around 15,000 BC, corroborating the legends. The stones facing Lake Titicaca have cross-motifs carved with perfection, Christian symbols carved 1,000 yrs. before Spain’s conquest’s? …at the least?

        • HeyJude

          Oh, I so agree alley! The precision of the work at Puma Punku is mind boggling. Our history is so much older than we know. I also give you Gobekli Tepi in Turkey….dated to be 7,000 years OLDER than stonehenge (putting it at approx 13,000 bc I think?), and more sophisticated and intricate in every aspect. These sites are all over the world…tremendous technology and knowledge, far beyond what we currently give them credit for.

          • alleypanther

            I know very little of Gobekli Tepi, thanks for bringing that up, it’ll be my little project for the day researching it. …In about 87′ I went to the ancient city of Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City, I climbed the Pyramid of the Sun, the base is exactly the same as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. It is exactly half the height, you could put a Boeing 747 up there, that city was built Before the Aztecs found it, as it is. I don’t think it’s a coincidence, and I don’t believe the native Indian’s could have designed, engineered and built that city on their own, …in fact they couldn’t do it today, in my opinion.

            • HeyJude

              Wow, what an experience. I am always looking at these things, but being there in person had to be mind blowing. I would love to travel the world and see all these ancient wonders in person. I am on the same page as you, and as much as it is scoffed at and mocked, I really believe that Ancient Astronaut Theory has more evidence behind it than any other. We absolutely have no idea how to build what the ancients accomplished, and they left so much information for us that we just don’t take at face value. We relegate the stories to myth, and try to “explain” amazing feats done with ropes and logs that even our modern day equipment couldn’t replicate. The lost city of Petra is another marvel. So many I can’t even name them all. Do you have any other particular favorites?

            • rg9rts

              I’m watching you tooo

            • josh

              The 3 pyramids in Teotihuacan are also aligned exactly to Orion belt. Another thing it shares with the pyramids in giza..

        • josh

          The Sphinx has water derision on its sides, which would make it also a lot older than what we are taught. It also aligns with astrological events from around the same time period you mentioned from the gateway of the sun. There are so many monolithic monumens All around the world that predates what your history books say as far as when civilization was supposed to have started.
          The cross was one of the many things Christianity took from much older religious practices and claimed it was their own, so its not to surprising to find it half way around the world, on a monument that may even predate the religion

    • konspikuous

      It’s no mystery to Giorgio Tsoukalos!

    • Dave_Mowers

      The inscription on the pillar claims that a sea-faring Aryas arrived in central India to stop an invasion by another group of Aryas from Pakistan. They organized the aborigines, teaching them metallurgy and warfare, won the battle and left by sea.

      L.A. Waddell’s “The Makers of Civilization” details, from the Hindu and Sumerian and Assyrian mythology, the story of this feud between a father and a son; Sargon and Menes (Sharri-Kun and Manis Tusu). Menes declared Egypt a separate kingdom from Mesopotamia and his father allowed it but when his father died the city-states of Mesopotamia refused to submit to the heir, Menes, due to his living in Egypt and a war ensued. Menes came by sea as ruler of Phoenicia and took back his kingdom.

      It is clear that ancient Egyptians and Minoans (Minos is a variant of Menes) had an incredible knowledge of metal-working and were using iron and steel long before it was commonly asserted which in fact is what humans do; hide technology from others for their own gain. It is also clear that the same people built the monuments in both areas of the world.

    • rg9rts

      If we could only remember what we forgot

      • Richard M

        If we could only forget what we remember!

        • rg9rts

          Gopee mantra for the electorate

    • Adam G. Yoksas

      The ancient civilizations were a lot more technically proficient than we give them credit for. The Roman concrete, for example, was produced at a level of quality that we couldn’t match for a long time…even with industrialization on our side.