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Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life

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posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 05:05 PM

Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life

The mystery of how the Greeks had made a machine that appeared to be 1800 years ahead of its time and why that knowledge was seemingly lost is fascinating, but Marchant's story is really about the scientists and engineers who have fallen under the spell of the Antikythera mechanism over the last century. It is a gripping tale of scientific obsession, rivalry and skulduggery.
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posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 05:05 PM
I was surprised to see that this hadn't been posted.
The Antikythera mechanism has been resonstructed, I found this very interesting, watch this video of it in action.

The original pieces were found in a shipwreck over a century ago.
Michael Wright, a museum curator from london has reconstructed it.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 05:19 PM
That's certainly interesting. I wonder how close to the original he really is?

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 05:21 PM
This is very cool. I gave it a star. It wouldn't help you locate the planets much because it's 2d but I guess it all helped in creating calendars and stuff. Maybe it was a present to somebody? Anyway that is very interesting.

edit: I would imagine his is better than the original and I think he had to have taken some liberties with putting it back together. But if he spent that much time on it I'd say he made every effort to get it right. He's using common sense and it all comes together well.

[edit on 15-12-2008 by Novise]

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 06:23 PM
I saw a special on this awhile back. When did he do this? I was under the impression this was completed a long while back.

It's a very cool mechanism though, I'll have to see if I can dig up that show I saw on it.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 06:55 PM
I watched a program on this some time ago on the History Channel.

Very fascinating!

It is going to be on again on 12/22 and 12/23.

Here is the link for those who would like to watch it:

ancient discoveries

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:10 PM
There are much more revelations to come in the near future. It is an exciting time to be alive regardless of what the 'monetary system' does to one's sense of self 'worth'.

Ancient spirals

ancient spiral art

Advanced machining in ancient Egypt

Dark Truth?

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:14 PM
reply to post by sylph hugger

Careful with the History Channel aka Misinformation channel. Though entertaining at times the History channel is famous within the scientific community for rewriting and reinterpreting history towards achieving the agenda of the international bankster owned NWO.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:17 PM
reply to post by Perseus Apex

Yes, I suspect you are right and take everything I watch there with a grain of salt.

However, it is still an interesting program!

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:26 PM
Wow amazing device for the time period.

It is a shame that so many inventions and advancements were lost, forgotten about and purposefully discarded. Archimedes works springs to mind.

The world may have been a very different place now if some of these workings were 'helped along' a bit earlier. It may have led to utopia, or destruction. No one will ever know.......


posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:41 PM
Analogue computing, thats all we had for some time.

Used for torpedo targeting at the end of WWII.
Then gyros for the missile gap.

The Greeks had much of the beginnings of electrical science
but didn't think much beyond what the had.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:45 PM
It makes you wonder what else they had in history that we don't know about.
Look at the Baghdad Battery for example.

And what about the ancient airplane sculptures in south america.

Or ancient egyptian hieroglyphic flying machines.

I think we actually know very little about our own history.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:54 PM

know why?


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posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:56 PM
Big surprise though.
Can you name one thing we're NOT being lied to about?

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 07:58 PM
Those Egyptian flying machines looked photoshopped or a modern sculpture. Please provide REPUTABLE sources.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 08:03 PM
If you all are interested in this matter, try to make a trip to the ancient city/castle/ruins of Petra in Jordan. Much about this city 'establishment' has never been revealed to the public.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 08:05 PM

Originally posted by mnmcandiez
Those Egyptian flying machines looked photoshopped or a modern sculpture. Please provide REPUTABLE sources.

I don't really have to, it's all over the internet and there are more than just a couple documentaries on them.

So unless it's some huge conspiracy they are legit.
Do a Google search and you will see that they are fairly well known, it's not like it's one or two sites spreading a photoshopped picture.

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 08:15 PM
Interesting, but people who relate a history from 1945 that
is different are called conspiracy theories or fiction.

Much less telling tales starting before 1900 that spell suppressed

Say what, we know it all, history and science.

Yeah think again bunky, you don't have to go beyond 50 or
100 years for all of us to be left out in the cold of history and science.

Then there might be a lack of history since 91101.
We are just a bunch of hockey punks being knocked around
in a big Illuminati hockey game.

ED: History and science is being made every day by fakers.

[edit on 12/15/2008 by TeslaandLyne]

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 08:25 PM
reply to post by ashamedamerican

I see a similarity between the front face of the reconstructed Antikythera mechanism as shown in the video and this location on Google maps (30,39). Here is a link to how this image relates to 1981 and 2011.

[edit on 15-12-2008 by tmk81]

posted on Dec, 15 2008 @ 08:55 PM
Archeology magazine had a fascinating story about the Antikythera mechanism not quite two years ago. I find it fascinating that the Greeks had this type of technology so many centuries ago that was so far ahead of it's time. The mechanism itself is right out of the computer age. And then it seems as if the human race lost touch with this technology for whatever reason.

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