Stainless Steel in Ancient India

The Ashoka Pillar located at a temple just outside Delhi India also known as the Iron Pillar of Mehaurali is a 1500 year old solid piece of pure iron. The Pillar is over 23 feet high and weighs 30 tonnes. What makes this object so unique is the fact that it has no rust on it despite being outdoors in the very humid air of Delhi for at least one thousand five hundred years.

The pillar said to have been erected by Kumara Gupta of the Gupta dynasty that ruled this part of India in A.D. 320-350 is believed by many to be much older. One reason researchers believe it to be 1500 years old is due to an inscription that was made into the pillar at is construction.

The inscription is a poem to the ruler and many of the references are not of the A.D. 320-350 time frame which leads many to think that it could be at least 4000 years old or perhaps even much older. The Ashoka Pillar has been examined by many modern companies in an effort to find its secret of a long and rust free life.

The current thinking is that the metal contains 1 percent phosphorous which is much higher that modern steel. Researchers have found that the Pillar has a very thin protective natural accruing film around it that will not allow oxygen or moisture to penetrate to its surface. A kind of built in force field if you will.

A number of scientists are convinced that containers made from the same blend of metals could store radioactive waste safely for thousands of years. Recently translations of ancient Sanskrit texts have reveled that the Rama Empire which could have existed as far back as 12,000-25,000 years ago possessed fantastic technology.

Extremely detailed stories of flying machines that used anti gravity propulsion, nuclear weapons, space travel and more are described in these ancient texts. The Ashoka Pillar may have come from the time of the Rama Empire and is just another technical wonder from that era that has survived until today.