History In Clay
Posted: 10 January 2017 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]
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This guy wants to preserve history Sumerian style - in clay tablets

The preservation of our collective story — so much of which is told in electronic pulses and stored in bits and bytes — may well hinge on the oldest of materials: clay.

It’s not just any clay. It’s a specially designed stoneware (the stuff of bathroom tiles) formed into 20-by-20 centimeter ceramic tablets. Martin Kunze, an Austrian ceramist and researcher, invented them, and once printed with snippets of science, politics, art, culture and much more, he stores them in a cavern in a salt mine in Hallstatt, deep in the Austrian Alps. The cavern, accessible via an 80 centimeter-wide tunnel, will naturally close up over time. There, what Kunze calls “the greatest time capsule ever” will wait for someone, someday, to find it.

Kind of interesting, but it seems more like a vanity project than serious historical preservation. No doubt he’s right about clay being superior to digital for information storage, however.

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