Go into any public place in 2017 and you don’t need to look hard to see people with heads bowed and eyes glued to a smartphone screen.
But did they have iPhones in the 17th century?
Or what about 1937?
That’s the date the mural shown above was installed in the post office of the town of Springfield in Massachusetts, US.
Named Mr. Pynchon and the Settling of Springfield , it was created by an Italian artist named Umberto Romano and depicts the arrival of settlers to the town in the 1620s.
Amongst the scene is a Native American local holding up a small, black rectangular object and looking directly at it.
He could almost be snapping a selfie.
In an article on Motherboard , Brian Anderson concluded the device is most likely a mirror.
“There’s reason to believe, then, that what the man is examining is not an Indigenous object, but rather of European origin, like mirrors, which were presented often in such exchanges,” he wrote.
“The way the man holds it up, if indeed he’s looking at his own face reflecting back at him, would certainly make sense.”
Despite the technical achievements of Apple, we do have to doubt that Steve Jobs somehow figured out how to travel back in time to the 17th century.
This isn’t the first time that modern-looking gadgets have seemingly appeared in ancient works of art.
A sculpture believed to be from the year 100BC sparked excitement last year among conspiracy theorists who swear it shows a laptop.
The sculpture, which is kept in the J Paul Getty Museum in Malibu depicts a young girl holding up an object to another woman.
While experts believe the object is simply a shallow chest or possibly a wax tablet, online theorists have another idea.
Posting on the YouTube channel StillSpeakingOut , some believe the object is a modern day laptop and evidence of time travel.
According to the video’s computerised narration, the sculpture “depicts an astonishing object which bears a striking resemblance with a modern laptop or some hand-held device.”
But some of the commentators on the YouTube video saw the funny side.
“It’s a Pizza. Small size. Pizza guy delivered Pizza to a lazy female customer in an ancient Greek relief. And she’s looking at it to check if there is pepperoni on it,” wrote one.
Safe to say that we haven’t figured out the science of time travel just yet.