Monday, September 15, 2014

In search of the ancient Antikythera

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The Antikythera mechanism is a metallic device which consists of at least 30 different types of gears, and on the mechanism’s door plates are about 2,000 letters that are considered to be something like a usage manual. One word stands out clearly: ΚΟΣΜΟΥ, meaning “cosmos”. The amazing device is so complex that many consider it to be the first human-made analogue computer.

The Antikythera wreck in the Aegean Sea is a world-famous underwater archaeological site thrown into the spotlight in 1900 when researchers discovered an incredible mechanical device, now known as the Antikythera mechanism, which dates back more than 2,000 years.  The device consists of a complex combination of gears that took decades for scientists to decipher. Archaeologists suspect that there is much more to be found within the Antikythera wreck and today, a daring new mission is being launched to re-examine the wreck, which lies at an extreme diving depth of 120 metres. - See more at:

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