reply to post by TedHodgson
The Antikythera Mechanism has been studied and x-rayed for decades. What makes this study special is the new imaging technology:
Three dimensional X-ray microfocus computed tomography: Developed by X-Tek Systems and similar to medical CAT scans, it allowed 3D images of the
fragments to be reconstructed. Crucial for reading text hidden by centuries of corrosion
Digital optical imaging using polynomial texture mapping: Developed by Hewlett Packard, a new method for increasing the photorealism of surface
textures in digital pictures. Revealed faint surface details.
Digitised conventional film photography: High-quality images allowed the fragments to be studied without being handled.
The remains of the device were first recognized in 1902 when archaeologist Valerios Stais noticed a heavily corroded gear wheel amongst artifacts
recovered by sponge divers from a sunken Roman cargo ship.
A further 81 fragments have since been found containing a total of 30 hand-cut bronze gears. The largest fragment has 27 cogs. It is considered an
May have been built around 100 – 150 BC, more than a 1,000 years before European clocks would use interlocking gears.
There had been a single, centrally placed dial on the front plate that showed the Greek zodiac and an Egyptian calendar on concentric scales.
The results, published in the journal Nature, show it could have been used to predict solar and lunar eclipses.
"Inscriptions mention the word 'Venus' and the word 'stationary' which would tend to suggest that it was looking at retrogressions of planets,"
said Professor Edmunds.
"There is a feature on the front plate that could have made provision for a bearing with a spindle, that carried motion up to a mechanism used to
model the planets of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as well," he told the BBC News website.
"That's how I see it and my reconstruction shows it works well."
(Condensed from the BBC article, “Moon Computer”.)
I think we have lost so much of our history. I believe this was a human invention, and ancient human civilization was much more sophisticated than the
I most certainly believe in ancient aliens, but it’s not necessary to use them to explain everything. Besides if this had been ET tech, it would
have been even more advanced.
I do not get “BBC Four” and BBC America (which I do get) does not carry this program.
If you get National Geographic (I do not), they have aired a program called “Star Clock BC”.
I thank the people who have provided videos on the Antikythera – I will watch them when I have more time.