31. This artifact in the Egyptian Museum is the earliest known example of one of the greatest inventions of all time. What is it?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #31
This item, which dates back to the reign of Amenhotep III (c. 1400 BC), is the earliest example of a water clock or clepsydra extant. A tiny whole in the bottom would regulate the flow of water so that time could be measured by observing the level of water in the bowl. It represents the first device for measuring time that did not rely on the sun.
This particular clock held 12 hours worth of water. It is truly among the great inventions of all time.
- Water Clock, Wikipedia
- Water Clock, Eternal Egypt
- Image of Egypt Cairo Museum Exhibit Amenhotep Water Clock astronomical design with main constellations inscribed in the prime, Crooktree Images