High Five: Ancient Technology

From Bob GilesHigh Five from Handshake 2.0

My former graduate student, Yadvendradev V. Jhala, now a leader within the Wildlife Institute of India, showed me the ancient walls of a town in Gujarat. It seemed like a perfectly normal, respectable entrance way. An ancient town wall in Gujarat, India

Jhala explained to my un-seeing eye that it was the exact size and shape for an Asian elephant to enter. Elsewhere I had noticed narrow village streets (certainly not designed for modern travel). He explained that they, too, were designed for defense against elephants (they wouldn't fit) when those giants were used in tribal conflicts.

As walls, gates, roadways, and knowledge about them fade, some of us find in them more than casual interest. We look to history and one-sample observations in the countryside to gain explanations, bases for decisions, and design elements. 

We seek answers to how persistent threats have been faced through the ages by people just like us.


Robert H. Giles, Jr. writes High Five for Handshake 2.0, a technology business news and business blog service venture of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a member company of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks.  The opinions Robert Giles expresses are solely his own and are not necessarily shared by Handshake 2.0 or its sponsors or advertisers.


Robert H. Giles, Jr. is a Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus with a vision for a rural land management system.  He writes two blogs, The Survivalists and Faunal Force. 

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