The A to Z Challenge – B is for Baghdad Battery

The A to Z Challenge is on! Hello and welcome to my Main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a romance novelist. Join me and more than 2279 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. My daily posts will be mostly history with some science topics here and there. I’ve chosen subjects that tickle my fancy. I hope you will find them interesting too.

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Today’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter B ~
B for Baghdad Battery

One of the more unusual artifacts discovered on an archaeological dig turned up approximately 20 miles outside of Baghdad, Iraq in 1936. At first glance the finds appeared to be simple clay jars with iron lids and asphalt seals. They stood several inches tall and each had a copper tube with an inserted iron rod down the center. No one gave them much attention at the time.

Three years later, German archaeologist Wilhelm Konig was rooting around the stored antiquities in the National Museum of Iraq. Upon finding these odd vessels he drew a rather startling conclusion. The jars looked like galvanic cells — in other words — batteries.  Residue showed the jars had held slightly acidic liquid.. perhaps wine, vinegar, or citrus juice. The different metals involved would react to the acid and produce a mild electric current. Reconstruction of this odd device proves it generates a current between 0.4 and 1.9 volts.

There is some speculation among people who study such things that the Baghdad batteries could have been use medicinally for pain relief in the same manner electrical current is used today. Another opinion suggests they were used for electroplating. Whatever these inventions were used for, their modern counterpart didn’t come about until 2000 years later.

This explains a likely use for the Baghdad battery.

This offers a peek into the battery assembly should you care to make one
yourself. How cool is that?


Tomorrow ~ letter C!


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I’ve post something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 10 entries to come.

Here’s one for today:

Gardeviance (noun 1459 -1706)
~ chest for valuables; a traveling trunk


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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15 Responses to The A to Z Challenge – B is for Baghdad Battery

  1. rosgemmell says:

    Fascinating story, Rose – you come up with some good subjects for your A-Z!

  2. Learned something new again from you, Rose. Why am I surprised? I suspect the ancient people were much more advanced than we know.

    • 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I’m starting to believe we had ages of mankind beyond what our history books tell us. Will your home-schooler make one?

  3. Ray G says:

    I think this is fantastic. Your ideas about the uses are probably right on. I think I saw a presentation on Discovery or the Science Channel. It didn’t leave as much impression on me as your blog. The only thing I remember about the TV show is the name Baghdad Battery.
    Thanks for being so informative.

  4. melissakeir says:

    What an interesting idea. I’m sure that people had to find ways to power certain things… how great that they could come up with this invention!

  5. Calisa Rhose says:

    Very interesting Rose. Complete with cool vids even! 🙂

  6. vicki says:

    Hi, Rose, the battery post was fascinating. I watched a special on the PBS station about the possibility of people from Carthage going to Peru. Maybe we’ve always been amazing. Hugs!

  7. skmarshall2014 says:

    Hi Rose,
    Another interesting post from you.

  8. S. Durham says:

    Hi Rose,
    I’m new to your blog. What an interesting post, I enjoy research as well and will be checking in again in the future. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers, Sara

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