New Artifacts Discovered At The Antikythera Shipwreck

New Artifacts Discovered At The Antikythera Shipwreck

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Archaeologists just recovered more than 50 items, from an excavation at the famous ancient Greek shipwreck that unveiled the Antikythera mechanism.

The shipwreck dates 65 B.C, discovered by Greek sponge fishermen in 1900, revealed the Antikythera Mechanism, the oldest astronomical calculator, famous for having intricate gear systems centuries ahead of their time.

At the shipwreck site on southwestern Aegean island of Antikythera, they found ceramics, a bronze armrest, fine glassware and several parts of the ship.

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Image credit: Greek Ministry of Culture

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Image credit: Brett Seymour, EUA/ARGO

Project co-Director Dr. Brendan Foley, a marine archaeologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), said:

“This shipwreck is far from exhausted. Every single dive on it delivers fabulous finds, and reveals how the ‘1 percent’ lived in the time of Caesar.”

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Image credit: Brett Seymour, EUA/ARGO

Diving archaeologist Dr. Theodoulou, explains:

“We were very lucky this year, as we excavated many finds within their context, which gave us the opportunity to take full advantage of all the archaeological information they could provide.” (Photo by Brett Seymour, EUA/ARGO)

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Image credit: Greek Ministry of Culture

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source Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Antikythera Mechanism

Antikythera Mechanism

Part 1:

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New interpretations of the Antikythera Mechanism reveal that it could be used to predict eclipses, and that it had a dial recording the dates of the ancient Olympiads. The 2,000-year-old box of intricate gearwork provides a glimpse of the engineering prowess of the Hellenic world. The team discuss their results here.

Part 2:

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Antikythera mechanism working model

Antikythera mechanism working model


Curator Michael Wright shows off his model of the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient Greek clockwork machine found in a shipwreck, that has taken more than a century to decipher. Wright’s handmade reconstruction is the first to include all the known features of this complex device. For more information see www.decodingtheheavens.com.