Ancient Technology—Useful or Useless?
To the extent that we ignore ancient technology, we rob ourselves. Our ancestors’ motivation to avoid pain, sickness, poverty, old age, and death was at least as intense as ours.
There having been no structural change in the human brain in the last 100,000 years, its a statistical certainty that ancient human populations contained a number of outright geniuses.
Granted, their science database wasn’t as lush as that presently available to, say, a recent MIT graduate. On the other hand they generally possessed comprehensive awareness, acute and subtle ¹, of the natural world.
Add to that creativity and desire to survive and thrive and its likely they achieved much that’s lost to us without digging, (often literally), for it.
Researching ancient ways has already revealed that our ancestors were sometimes better than us moderns at solving certain problems, performing certain tasks. We should keep digging, and put to good use as much as possible.
¹ That we moderns have been divorced for quite a while from an “acute and subtle” awareness of the natural world is well illustrated by the following:
North American white hunters were after wolves. They were assisted by an Eskimo tracker, who at one point casually informed the hunters that one of the wolves was rabid.
The white hunters asked how he knew this.
His answer: Rabies caused tension in the wolf’s body, which caused change in the way it placed its feet, which the tracker detected by noticing subtle differences between the rabid wolf’s paw prints and those of its healthy pack members.
Not bad for a supposedly “ignorant native.”