Antikythera – Ancient Technology Revealed
You know me… curious as all get out. I’ve found an incredible object; a powerful convergence of astronomy, mathematics, and the watchmaker’s art.
Most of us remember the Cosmic Clock in Tomb Raider and how it indicated planetary alignments. Great story; planetary alignments every 5-thousand years; broken triangle of power; great stuff of Hollywood.
However, such objects may be more real than we suppose. In the Mediterranean Sea, off the Greek island of Antikythera was found a cosmic clock (some call it a computer) which indeed predicts both solar and lunar eclipses. It even told the Greeks where and when the next Olympic Games were to be held.
The Antikythera Mechanism is, today, little more than corroded plates of bronze about 9cm thick. Discovered in 1901 by sponge divers the crumpled mass remained little understood until a research team reexamined the object in 2006.
This type of mechanical computation is some fifteen-hundred-years ahead of its time. Devices of similar complexity and accuracy weren’t created until the 18th century. This beautiful, encrusted stack of bronze faces and gears has been examined with the latest in x-ray tools and these images have allowed a master builder to replicated it. We even have a video for you to enjoy!
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