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Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early science

The heavily encrusted, clocklike mechanism—dubbed the “world’s first computer”—was retrieved from an ancient shipwreck on the bottom of the sea off Greece in 1901.After several years of studying the mechanism and Babylonian records of eclipses, the collaborators have pinpointed the date when the mechanism was timed to begin—205 B.C. This suggests the mechanism is 50–100 years older than most researchers in the field have thought.

read more Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early science HeritageDaily – Heritage & Archaeology News.

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This entry was posted on December 2, 2014 by in Archaeology.

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