When watching the episode of Myth Busters about the Baghdad Battery and the Ark Of The Covenant, I was interested in hearing more about the ancient battery inside. The DC voltage from the battery is connected to the gold wings of the cherubim on top of the box so people could hold the conductive gold handles and feel the tingle. It is not known what the ancient batteries powered, so it may have been that simply feeling the tingle was magical, and perhaps even found to be medicinal.
Dr. Hulda Clark’s Zapper is also powered by a DC battery pulsing at a frequency in order to bypass the body’s resistance. Once the voltage is pulsed, anywhere from 10-500,000 Hertz (pulses per second) the body’s resistance, or skin effect, is no longer an issue, and the voltage can penetrate the body.
Since Dr. Clark wrote that the Zapper works from 5 volts to 12 volts DC, could the Ark Of The Covenant be some sort of early Zapper? Hulda Clark wrote in her books that Zappers kill bacteria and viruses, so ancient 5 volt batteries may have been used to do the same thing since they are in the range. When one imagines the stressful conditions of the wandering tribes of Israel, having a simple way to kill germs would be very beneficial, if that is what the Ark was used for.
Other scientists have experimented with recreating the Ark and have received interesting electrical results. Sadly, the Myth Buster episode was called short due to a prank of hooking the device up to a one hundred thousand volt cattle prod harming Adam Savage, so the science of the episode was thrown out the window and got the pranking producer fired. I always wished they would revisit the myth in order to complete what they had started because it is an important and interesting part of our history.
Because the Ark Of The Covenant is an important religious artifact, there are people that do not like studies being done on it. Whenever science attempts to define the holy and the divine some people are offended. I have noticed there seems to be a lot of sabotage on projects that try to recreate the device from the instructions found in the Bible. The Myth Buster episode was derailed, and John Hutchison’s documentary for the Discovery Channel was cancelled with the replica of the Ark being mysteriously destroyed by the carpenter who build it with no explanation as to why.
Other interesting footnotes are that when the U.S. went into Iraq, the Baghdad Batteries were seized from the Baghdad Museum along with the clay tablets containing their information. Researching this history becomes more and more difficult since war makes archaeology nearly impossible. It seems that conducting research on the Ark Of The Covenant is polarizing in more ways than one.