Ah the Baghdad Battery, such a simple, yet confounding object…or is it?
Let’s start at the beginning…or should I say beginnings?
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So let’s ignore the two conflicting origin stories and move on.
When the vessel was examined there was evidence of an acidic substance being present, and a copper cylinder and a metal rod, all held in place with an asphalt plug.
Konig supposedly said this was a battery and was used for electroplating items with gold or sliver leaf, and ever since the pseudo-archaeology world has run with it.
So here are the red flags: Red Flag #1 – Multiple Origin Stories. If it was a real discovery of a real object of this much importance, there would be a record to certify its authenticity. Konig was a real person, but he wouldn’t be the first in history to have his identity abused to further a fantasy. This little tid-bit doesn’t pop up until research begins to be done on the pot.
You see, the original age of the pot is said to be from the Parthian era, 250 BC – 225 AD [6, 2].
Yet if we look at the artistic nature of the pot itself we find they are made in the style of the Sassanians People, who lived from 250 AD – 650 AD [6, 2]. Red Flag #3 – Electroplating Konig suggested the batteries were for electroplating, but again, there is no real evidence to support that .To start, the method used by Mesopotamians is believed to be fire-gilding, using mercury .Not to mention the only scientist to supposedly able to use the batteries for electroplating, didn’t make any records of her experiments.Dr Arne Eggebrecht, a past director of Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, supposedly experimented by connecting several replica Batteries together and used grape juice as her acid.She claims to have deposited a very thin layer of silver on an object .Other scientists dispute this, due to a lack of records and that no one has been able to replicate her experiment . Bettina Schmitz said, “There does not exist any written documentation of the experiments which took place here in 1978…