The Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism is considered to be one of the most intriguing ancient mysteries of all time.

This particular item has been identified by professionals as the first official mechanical based computer and calculator. It was originally created in order to calculate positions associated with astronomy. The original discovery of this particular item was when the remains of the Antikythera wreck were recovered sometime between the year of 1900 and the year of 1901. In reviewing the Mechanism, it is believed that it was created during 150 BC. Based on the accuracy and the basic functionality of the device, it is believed to carry an immense value when it comes to basic worth.

The Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism
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One of the reasons that this particular item is so mysterious is that it has a high level of intricate and detailed functioning. The parts are actually quite complex. Despite the fact that it was created much earlier, it is often compared to the clocks that were created and used during the period of the 16th century. The device itself has an astounding thirty gears that are known, but there are some researchers that believe it could have originally contained over seventy gears. It is believed that the creator would enter a specific date and then could calculate the position associated with the sun and moon with exquisite accuracy. It is also believed that the location of other planets could be identified.

When looking at the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, you will find that it possesses at least three main components referred to as “dials”. Two are on the front section while the last runs around the back. The front also possesses two distinct dials. There are also details on the unit that outline each day of the year. It even appears to have a dial that is responsible for triggering the leap year. Given the fact that the technology that this item uses is so advanced for the time period that it was created, many scientists and other researchers struggle in numerous ways trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding the device. If you are interested in ancient mysteries and various types of historical artifacts that seem to have no explanation, you are likely to find the Antikythera Mechanism quite interesting as it is considered to be one of the greatest unsolved ancient mysteries of today.



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