This demonstration of the engineering behind an ancient Egyptian lock is marvelo... | by Sahil Bloom

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This demonstration of the engineering behind an ancient Egyptian lock is marvelous.

I’m fascinated by feats of ancient engineering. This aqueduct was built around 600 BC in Armenia and runs through a cliff for certain stretches. Remarkable.

Chand Baori is a massive stepwell in Abhaneri, Rajasthan, India built starting in the 8th century. 3500 steps over 13 stories that extend 30m into the ground.

A collection of 11 underground churches in Ethiopia were built in the 12th and 13th centuries. They’re connected by a complex network of underground drainage systems.

Can’t forget the Leshan Giant Buddha! 71 meter stone statue carved into the cliff face between 713-803 during the Tang dynasty. Most impressive: Complex drainage system that has allowed the structure to avoid erosion and remain standing for over 1,000 years.

What are some of the most insane ancient engineering feats you’ve seen?

New life goal: to go see all of these in person. Need to make a list and start checking them off. Who’s in?

The most common response: Machu Picchu. The Incas who built it in the Peruvian Andes 500+ years ago had no wheels, iron, steel, or written language. All the more incredible that it has endured throughout the centuries. Top of the bucket list destination…

I share a lot of random, interesting stuff on here. Hopefully you all learn a few things from it or find that it sparks your curiosity to go deeper. Follow me @SahilBloom for more of these random rabbit holes. Let’s explore.

That lock video definitely belongs on the r/oddlysatisfying page on @Reddit. @alexisohanian what do you think?

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