Is This Ancient Greek 'Laptop' Proof That Time Travel Is Real?

Grave Naiskos

Reports this week, including one from the Daily Mail, are including claims that a female assistant in the sculpture, "Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant", is holding a laptop with not one, but two "USB ports".

In the gallery's description, the object is described as a "shallow chest" - but conspiracy theorists are having none of that.

Or is it a thin box?

So was the Oracle of Delphi a laptop?

Time travel? Ancient Greek laptops?

The internet loves a good conspiracy theory.

"[The statue] depicts an astonishing object that bears a striking resemblance to a modern laptop or some handheld device", the YouTube video says.

Is This Ancient Greek 'Laptop' Proof That Time Travel Is Real?

It can be noted that in the 14 century, when the sculpture was made, Greeks used wax tablets to write on, which could pretty much have been what the person in the sculpture was actually holding.

Kristina Killgrove, a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida, further debunked the ancient laptop/time travel claims in an excellent piece for Forbes. It's more likely that the object is a chest, as the museum suggests, or a wax writing tablet, which were are also common in art from this time period. "Ancient marble sculptures often have holes that used to hold wooden or other perishable objects", is just one of a few alternative theories.

Finally, she added that there is a possibility that the sculpture itself could either be a fake, or a replica of the original.

A sculpture believed to be from the year 100BC has sparked excitement among conspiracy theorists who swear it shows the modern gadget.

It gets better, as according to The Daily Mail the laptop links in with the fable of the Oracle of Delphi, which was the most important shrine in all Greece in ancient times and apparently allowed priests to connect with the gods, aliens or time travelers who would share 'advanced information and high-tech devices.

If you're interested in checking the Stele out for yourself it's held in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.



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