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Antikythera Mechanism text deciphered

Researchers using X-ray scanning equipment have managed to decipher label text on the Antikythera Mechanism. After more than a decade's efforts using cutting-edge scanning equipment, an international team of scientists has now read about 3,500 characters of explanatory text — a quarter of the original — in the innards of the

Researchers returning to the Antikythera shipwreck

Researchers are returning to the wreckage of the ancient Greek ship where the Antikythera device, an ancient computer, was found. The largest item recovered was a huge lead anchor stock. It was lying on a semicircular object that might be a scupper pipe, used to drain water from the ship's deck.

Antikythera shipwreck may actually be two ships

An underwater archaeologist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution believes that the wreckage where the Antikythera mechanism was discovered might actually be two ships. "Either way, it's an exciting result," said study researcher Brendan Foley, an archaeologist at Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution who presented the findings here today (Jan. 4) at

Roman shipwreck may contain more bronze secrets

The famous Roman shipwreck where the Antikythera mechanism was discovered may yet have more secrets to reveal. Marine archaeologists report they have uncovered new secrets of an ancient Roman shipwreck famed for yielding an amazingly sophisticated astronomical calculator. An international survey team says the ship is twice as long as originally

Antikythera Mechanism yields some secrets

The Houston Chronicle has posted an interesting interview with Mike Edmonds, the project director for the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project. Q: Can you describe the mechanism? A: Imagine something the size of a shoe box. … There's a circular dial representing the zodiac signs with pointers for the position of the sun

Antikythera mechanism tracked sun irregular movements

New research on the world's first computer, the Antikythera mechanism, show that the device tracked the sun's irregular movements surprisingly well. Evans and colleagues suggested a simpler way to make the sun dial appear to change speed: Stretch the zodiac. If the spaces on the front wheel of the mechanism were