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Mysterious Bronze Disc Found at 2,000-Year-Old Antikythera Shipwreck Resembles Ancient ‘Computer’

More than a century ago, a device now known as the Antikythera mechanism was found near a Roman shipwreck from the 1st century B.C. It could calculate astronomical changes with precision. It has baffled archaeologists with its sophistication, far beyond anything expected from so long ago. The Antikythera Mechanism is a 2000-year-old mechanical device used to calculate the positions of the sun, moon, planets, and even the dates of the ancient Olympic Games. (Wikimedia Commons) Marine archaeologists are now further exploring the wreck, off the Greek island of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea, and bringing up…

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Watch the virtual 3D reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism – world’s oldest analog ‘computer’

Widely touted as the world’s oldest analog computer, the Greek-made Antikythera Mechanism was salvaged from Antikythera, an underwater location, south of Greece, in 1900. And since then the proverbial ‘contraption’ has astonished archaeologists and scientists alike, by virtue of not only its advanced workmanship but also its fascinating (and rather enigmatic) purpose/s. To that end, the artifact is often also stated as the world’s oldest gear ‘machine’ (based on the workings of the differential calculator) – crafted to predict various complex astronomical observances, including planetary positions and eclipses. The reconstruction…

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