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Ancient Diving Bells
The earliest deep sea diving devices were structures inverted to trap air before submersion. Aristotle tells us Alexander the Great made a “very fine barrel entirely of white glass” to explore the undersea world.
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Image: Alexander the Great's diving bell. 15th-century manuscript illustration of the 4th-century BC ruler Alexander the Great (356 BC-323 BC) being lowered into the sea in a glass barrel, an early form of diving bell. Image credit: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMINBig.ASP?size=big&IllID=38953
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Image: Alexander the Great's diving bell. 15th-century manuscript illustration of the 4th-century BC ruler Alexander the Great (356 BC-323 BC) being lowered into the sea in a glass barrel, an early form of diving bell. Image credit: http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMINBig.ASP?size=big&IllID=38953
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