Secrets of the Dead

Archimedes' Screw & The Date Tree of Babylon

Clip: Season 13 Episode 4 | 2m 8s

Archimedes of Syracuse is known for inventing a device that efficiently raised water for irrigation. Dr. Stephanie Dalley translated a cuneiform text from of the Assyrian king Sennacherib which led her to believe the Hanging Gardens of Babylon made use of a comparable device approximately 350 years before the time of Archimedes.

Aired: 05/06/14

Rating: NR

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