3.5” x 3.5” x 2.63” (8.89 cm x 8.89 cm x 6.68 cm)
Though they have been disassembled, X-rayed, and tested by countless government, corporate, and academic researchers since the first Ark was unearthed in 1971, the so-called “Ark boxes” remain the ultimate “black boxes” among the artifacts. Ubiquitous across all Arks, the boxes are generally assumed to be the technology that has transported Arks to us.a,b
Constructed of enameled steel, the Telos box found in the Jarndyke Ark houses a chamber into which a component is inserted. The insert component connects with the box’s internal circuitry, presumably to activate it.b
As with other Arks, however, the gap between mapping the Jarndyke Ark’s circuitry and successfully operating it has proven a leap too far. Researchers remain unable to evoke a response from the box beyond its continuously blinking light.c
a Lenahan JB and Pedraza ET. Pandora’s Boxes: An Introduction to Arkology. 1981. New York: Willmore-Taft.
b Johannsen JW. Transport is Arranged: Understanding Ark Technology. Liminal. 2010. 7(12);215-222.
c Hofstadter LO, Shen WR, Ennis BD, et al. Reverse Engineering the Jarndyke Find. Arks and Tech. 1997. 3(Suppl);631-654.