[SIGCIS-Members] Amazing computer history news: Antikythera divers to return to site for first survey ever!

Dag Spicer spicer at computerhistory.org
Thu Oct 4 08:12:57 PDT 2012

Dear SIG Friends,

Some of you may know about the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient (2,000 years old) astronomical computer from Greece that is re-writing what we know about the state of ancient Greek technology.  The skills displayed in the construction  of the A.M. were not thought to have developed until 1,500 years later in Medieval Europe!

Divers are now returning to the site (first discovery happened in 1901) with modern equipment.  There will almost certainly be some amazing finds… and perhaps even another A.M.!

Enjoy: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/oct/02/return-antikythera-wreck-ancient-computer

PS You can read more about it at our Revolution exhibit online: http://www.computerhistory.org/revolution/calculators/1/42
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