Antikythera Mechanism: Ancient celestial tracking device discovered in shipwreck off Greece

The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient shoebox-sized device that is sometimes called the world’s oldest computer for its ability to perform astronomical calculations.

Discovered by sponge divers off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901, the remains of the mechanism are now housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Only 82 fragments, made up of about a third of the original mechanism, survive today, researchers wrote in a 2021 study published in the journal Scientific reports (opens in a new tab). It was built around 2,200 years ago.

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