by Arjun Walia
January 29, 2016
from Collective-Evolution Website






A historian has just decoded a mysterious trapezoid from ancient Babylonian astronomical tablets.


After analysis of the tablet, it has been concluded that Babylonian astronomers had calculated the movements of Jupiter using an ancient form of geometric calculus. Keep in mind that this is approximately 1500 years before we thought this type of math was invented by the Europeans.


The tablet was translated by astro-archeologist Matthieu Ossendrijver of Humbolt University in Berlin.


As Science Alert points out:

"This means that these ancient Mesopotamian astronomers had not only figured out how to predict Jupiter's paths more than 1,000 years before the first telescopes existed, but they were using mathematical techniques that would form the foundations of modern calculus as we now know it." 

This is a big discovery, the tablet is one out of hundreds that were excavated during the 19th century.


Anthropologists and archaeologists have been working for more than one hundred years trying to decode all of them. They are from around 100 or 200 BC.


The tablet shows that ancient astronomers used time to calculate the speed and distance of a celestial object. It turns out that the Babylonians were tracing the trajectory of Jupiter in a specific amount of time.


They did this by measuring its speed every single day, and by using a very advanced geometric 'shortcut' that allowed them to measure the planet's speed on the first and 60th day of the measurements, which gave them the distance it travelled.

"This would open up new ways of computing motion they could have applied to other planets, other parts of Jupiter's motion.


We don't have examples of that… We only have these four tablets and they all deal with Jupiter - and they all deal with the same segment of 60 days. That's quite strange."


By calculating the area inside of the trapezoid, ancient astronomers could find out where the planet would be in the sky.


This is the same link between velocity and displacement taught in introductory calculus classes.





New Scientist points out that Scholars at Oxford's Merton College and in Paris during the 14th century are,

"typically credited with the same insight about velocity and displacement.


They even connected it to the trapezoid shape. These ideas were the antecedents of the calculus developed by Newton and Leibniz - but the Babylonians had them far earlier."

It's amazing how little we actually know about the ancient civilizations that once roamed our planet.


From what we know so far, they were extremely advanced, possibly even more advanced than modern day humans. What's even more interesting is that many of these ancient cultures speak of 'gods' that came from the cosmos and shared this type of information.


There is even evidence of highly sophisticated technology.


Star People
Richard Wagamese

Ojibway Author


I'm a science buff and I try to keep up on anything new and startling and interesting. So it was fascinating for me to read that they've discovered evidence of water on Mars.


As a stargazer that kind of news got my attention.

All of us, I suppose, who've ever been affected by popular science fiction, have wondered about the possibility of Martians - and the fact that there night once have been water there only lends strength to the mystery.


The Red Planet. Aliens. Ray guns. The stuff of wonder...

My people tell of Star People who came to us many generations ago.


The Star people brought spiritual teachings and stories and maps of the cosmos and they offered these freely. They were kind, loving and set a great example.


When they left us, my people say there was a loneliness like no other.

Now, I'm not saying the Star People of legend were Martians but I am saying that the fascination with the heavens and the awesome possibilities that exist out there, lives throughout cultures across the globe.


Mars, our closest neighbor, has always been a magnet for our attention.

All those possible worlds. That's what I think when I stare up at a blanket of stars. Maybe there's a part of that old Ojibway legend alive within me. Or maybe it's just a latent wish for more, for a bigger experience than this earthbound reality.


But water on Mars gets me thinking.

If Star People did come to the Ojibway,

  • Where did they go?

  • Where did they come from?

  • Who brought teachings to them?

  • What scientific magic did they own that allowed them to make such an incredible journey - and is it possible for us?

Sure, that sort of thinking doesn't pay the rent or solve any legitimate earthly problems but it does make the head and spirit swell with possibility and maybe, in the end, that's the role of science - the aboriginal kind and the western kind - to invite us again into the world of the possible, to make us wonder again.

So I'll keep on looking up into the heavens. Just as I'll continue to look at the world around me with fascination and wonder.


Because that's the biggest gift the Star People likely left behind them - a sense of awe at the splendor and the magnificence of the universe.


It's always interesting to ponder the knowledge of ancient civilizations, and findings like this are always discarding our previous assumptions of history.


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