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The Antikythera wreck is a Roman-era shipwreck dating from the second quarter of the first century BC. It was discovered by sponge divers off Point Glyphadia on the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900. The sponge divers salvaged numerous artifacts from the waters. 


On 17 May 1902, archaeologist Valerios Stais made the most celebrated find while studying the artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum. He noticed that a severely corroded piece of bronze had a gear wheel embedded in it and legible inscriptions in Greek. The object would come to be known as the Antikythera Mechanism. It is commonly recognized as the first analogue computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes decades in advance. It could also be used to track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games.


On this website, a library has been created with materials like books, publications and videos from different sources. The library is continuously updated when new materials arrive. Further, attention is given to the working of the mechanism with special focus on the gearing system used to make predictions. Finally, links to other related sites are listed. 


We are always interested in receiving more information to publish on this website, also your feedback is welcomed. Feel free to contact us.



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Anton Viola

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