Mysteries of computer from 65BC are solved


From The Guardian:

A 2,000-year-old mechanical computer salvaged from a Roman shipwreck has astounded scientists who have finally unravelled the secrets of how the sophisticated device works.

The machine was lost among cargo in 65BC when the ship carrying it sank in 42m of water off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. By chance, in 1900, a sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck and recovered statues and other artifacts from the site.

The machine first came to light when an archaeologist working on the recovered objects noticed that a lump of rock had a gear wheel embedded in it. Closer inspection of material brought up from the stricken ship subsequently revealed 80 pieces of gear wheels, dials, clock-like hands and a wooden and bronze casing bearing ancient Greek inscriptions.

8 Comments

  1. The thing with April Fool’s Day jokes, Toto, is that they’re generally posted on April Fool’s Day, rather than, say, “Thursday November 30, 2006”.

    The clue’s in the name 😉

  2. Doubting the Guardian, of all news sources, certainly isn’t beyond me, but it’s going to take a little more than a random guy shouting “April fool” when he means ‘hoax’ (there’s a difference you know). Maybe you could provide a little more?

  3. Hoax? I’ve been reading about this thing for over a year. I even saw some UFO conspiracy site claim it as an alien artifact. This has been around for some time now…

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