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University researchers discover "lost" Elizabethan craftsmanship to match 21st century technology
Birmingham City University (via Phys.org) ^ | 7-23-2013

Posted on 07/28/2013 4:57:18 PM PDT by Renfield

Elizabethan craftsmen developed advanced manufacturing technology that could match that of the 21st century, claim researchers from Birmingham City University who are analysing a 400-year-old hoard of jewellery.

The team from Birmingham City University have analysed the craftwork behind the famous Cheapside Hoard - the world's largest collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery discovered in a London cellar in 1912.

Among the historic find – which is being showcased by the Museum of London – is a Ferlite watch that dates back to the 1600s and is so technologically advanced it has been described as the "iPod of its day"....

(Excerpt) Read more at phys.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: cheapsidehoard; elizabethan; godsgravesglyphs; technology
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1 posted on 07/28/2013 4:57:19 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 07/28/2013 4:57:41 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Except, unlike the ipod, it is beautiful as well as functional.
We have lost so much.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 5:10:02 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Renfield

Just wondering if the author at phys.org might be native Chinese or something other than American english? Other than that, very interesting.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 5:12:28 PM PDT by WhoisAlanGreenspan?
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To: Renfield

At present our youth find it amazing that people did anything without electricity or computers. Then one day when the juice goes out, they will be screwed.


5 posted on 07/28/2013 5:12:38 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Renfield

Looks like the Antikythera mechanism.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 5:19:27 PM PDT by Argus
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To: kabumpo

In my opinion, an iPod is much more beautiful than a mass of needless decoration pointlessly plastered on the face of a supposedly functional device where such mindless decoration adds nothing but visual clutter.

In my opinion.


7 posted on 07/28/2013 5:45:05 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Renfield
From the Museum Description ...

Gild brass verge watch, signed G. Ferlite. This watch has calendar indications, hour striking and an alarm. The gilded-brass case has an integral back and hinged lid. The band is pierced and engraved with a scrolling foliate design. Around the pendant is a radiating pattern similar to a sun-burst. In the middle of the back is an engraved flower, possibly a seeded rose. The pendant is badly corroded and the ring is missing. The case has suffered severe damage and in many areas the gilding has been worn off to reveal the underlying brass. At the top is a chapter ring with Roman hour numerals. Part of the Cheapside hoard.

8 posted on 07/28/2013 6:02:32 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government governs best when it governs least!)
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To: muir_redwoods

“In my opinion, an iPod is much more beautiful than a mass of needless decoration pointlessly plastered on the face of a supposedly functional device where such mindless decoration adds nothing but visual clutter.

In my opinion.”

Luckily yours is not the only opinion, lol. You must be a form follows function type. I myself, being rather curvilinear in shape and thought, love the watch and believe it beautiful.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 6:04:57 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

It shows craftsmanship. It doesn’t show why silly decorations are added to a watch. They add nothing.


10 posted on 07/28/2013 6:14:19 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks Renfield.

11 posted on 07/28/2013 6:17:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: muir_redwoods

Never DID understand the day/night feature ... stick your stupid head out the window !


12 posted on 07/28/2013 6:19:17 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Renfield

Fascinating!


13 posted on 07/28/2013 6:21:42 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: knarf

That works fine until you travel longitudinally and want to know what time it is ‘back home.’


14 posted on 07/28/2013 6:27:26 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: muir_redwoods

“It shows craftsmanship. It doesn’t show why silly decorations are added to a watch. They add nothing.”

You sir, have no taste, no offense, but you are like a lot of men of a certain sort.


15 posted on 07/28/2013 6:27:50 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: kabumpo
Except, unlike the ipod, it is beautiful as well as functional.

And unlike the ipod it was so expensive that only one person in the world had one.

16 posted on 07/28/2013 6:29:35 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: flaglady47
but you are like a lot of men of a certain sort.

and there are so many of them

17 posted on 07/28/2013 6:33:59 PM PDT by ladyjane (For the first time in in a long time I am proud of my country.)
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To: muir_redwoods; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; Chigirl 26
"....silly decorations added to a watch."

Then you wouldn't like the Sistine Chapel ceiling on which Michelangelo crammed his art to every square inch of the plain plaster.....i.e., hundreds of male and female figures, flora and fauna of many kinds, geometric designs, angels, pillars, cherubs and crowd scenes, just to name a few of the products of his inspired brain.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's true, but I find the decorations adorning the ancient watch pictured above to be not silly at all.....but as beautiful and inspired in its own way as is the magnificent art in St. Peter's.

Leni

18 posted on 07/28/2013 6:37:35 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Barack Hussein Obama....the 44th white African president of the United States)
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To: flaglady47

I have no taste? You sir are the sort that would buy furniture with carved scallop shells adorning the hardwood and call it art.


19 posted on 07/28/2013 7:01:01 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: MinuteGal

Yeah, the scribblings on that watch are indistinguishable from Michelangelo.


20 posted on 07/28/2013 7:04:31 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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