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In what way was electricity used? (I support your overall point that better preservation would've sped progress, and wish to know if there's something I didn't know.)



Possibly electroplating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad_Battery

But without positive proof of a series connection I don't see how that is a sustainable theory. Wiring is a necessity.

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Neat, thanks -- I'd forgotten about that.

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