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Divers Find Long-Lost Head of Hercules
Divers Make
Herculean Find
at Antikythera
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Divers Make Herculean Find at Antikythera Wreck

Once giant boulders were removed, head of Hercules statue found in 1900 emerged

(Newser) - Marine archaeologists have better access to the world's richest ancient shipwreck after boulders were lifted from the Roman-era Antikythera wreck that yielded the famous Antikythera Mechanism calculator, revealing new treasures within. In addition to human teeth, the lead weight for an anchor, iron nails, and the base of a...

Scientists Closer to Solving Mysteries of Ancient Computer

Antikythera mechanism dates back 2K years, turned up in a shipwreck

(Newser) - Scientists say they've taken a huge step toward understanding how a remarkable device often referred to as the world's oldest computer actually worked. The 2,000-year-old "Antikythera mechanism" was a complex astronomical calculator used by the ancient Greeks, per the Guardian . But exactly how it would have...

Famous Shipwreck May Still Hold Priceless Treasures

Explorers recently found a bronze arm at the Antikythera shipwreck

(Newser) - The ship bound for Rome sunk in 1BC and was first discovered off the coast of Greece in 1900. And yet the Antikythera shipwreck is still providing new discoveries. The Guardian reports an expedition to the site last month turned up a silver tankard, a human bone, and much more....

Antikythera Shipwreck Yields Human Remains

2K-year-old bones are a 'rare find' whose DNA might be able to be sequenced

(Newser) - The Antikythera shipwreck has yielded many exciting results since its discovery off Greece a century ago, most notably the world's oldest known computer (the 2,000-year-old Antikythera Mechanism). Now divers say they've unearthed surprisingly well-preserved human remains (as well as huge anchors and a teardrop-shaped lead weight), raising...

Among Antikythera Shipwreck Finds, an Odd Item

But no new remnants of the famed Mechanism

(Newser) - The Antikythera shipwreck is a gift that keeps on giving. First discovered in 1900 by sponge divers and dating to about 65BC, it has been explored multiple times in the decades since, including in 1976 when Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew surfaced with almost 300 objects, including human remains. Now...

Famous Wreck Isn't Done Revealing Its Secrets

Antikythera in Greece yields more treasures, and researchers think more await

(Newser) - A shipwreck that gave the world the deeply mysterious Antikythera mechanism is still yielding treasures—and teaching researchers about the lifestyles of the Greek and ancient. The latest finds at the ancient wreck dubbed the "Titanic of the ancient world" include a bone flute, a bronze armrest that may...

Antikythera Mechanism Gives Up More Secrets

Device even more ancient than thought, experts say

(Newser) - The incredible Antikythera Mechanism , an astronomical calculator unlike anything else that appeared for the next 1,000 years, is a "device out of time," experts say—and they now have a better idea what time it is out of. The mechanism, which was apparently able to accurately predict...

Remarkable new finds at ship that gave up Antikythera mechanism

 'Titanic of 
 Ancient World' 
 Gives Up 
 New Riches 
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'Titanic of Ancient World' Gives Up New Riches

Diver: 'This is the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered'

(Newser) - As wrecks go, the one that gave up the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism has long been considered a remarkable one. Even more so now: Archaeologists finished a three-week underwater excavation at the site off the coast of Antikythera in southern Greece on Tuesday and discovered that the ship was much...

Wreck That Gave Up 'Antikythera Mechanism' Revisited

'Exosuits' allow closer look at shipwreck off Greek island

(Newser) - A shipwreck that yielded a 2,000-year-old "computer" known as the Antikythera Mechanism is being freshly explored using another remarkable piece of technology. A new, spacesuit-like "Exosuit" is being worn by deep-sea-diving archaeologists searching a shipwreck off the coast of a Greek island over the next month. The...

Ancient Device Gives Up Its Secrets
Ancient Device Gives Up Its Secrets

Ancient Device Gives Up Its Secrets

Greek calculating machine tracked eclipses, Olympics

(Newser) - The world's oldest calculating machine was used as a calendar that tracked eclipses and marked Olympic Games, the Telegraph reports. Scientists say the ancient Greek "Antikythera Mechanism," a 2,100-year-old bronze gadget discovered in 1900, marked the 4-year cycle of Games that climaxed with the Olympics—"which...

First Computer May Be 2100 Years Old

Scholars may have finally figured out what the Antikythera Mechanism is

(Newser) - An unknown scientist in the first century B.C. may have invented the world’s first computer. Discovered by Greek divers in 1900 on the bottom of the Aegean Sea near the island of Antikythera, the so called Antikythera Mechanism lay in the National Museum in Athens mistaken for an...

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