More Strange Objects Unearthed From Famed Roman Shipwreck

Via USA TODAY, the ancient underwater wreckage which housed a 2,000-year-old quasi-computer that cannot be explained likely contains more devices:

Marine archaeologists report they have uncovered new secrets of an ancient Roman shipwreck famed for yielding an amazingly sophisticated astronomical calculator. An international survey team says the ship is twice as long as originally thought and contains many more calcified objects amid the ship’s lost cargo that hint at new discoveries.

The wreck is best known for yielding a bronze astronomical calculator, the “Antikythera Mechanism” widely seen as the most complex device known from antiquity. The mechanism apparently used 37 gear wheels, a technology reinvented a millennium later, to create a lunar calendar and predict the motion of the planets, which was important knowledge for casting horoscopes and planning festivals in the superstitious ancient world.

Along with vase-like amphora vessels, pottery shards and roof tiles, the wreck appears to have “dozens” of calcified objects resembling compacted boulders made out of hardened sand resting atop the amphorae on the sea bottom. Those boulders resemble the Antikythera mechanism before its recovery and restoration.

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2 Responses to More Strange Objects Unearthed From Famed Roman Shipwreck

  1. echar January 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    How cool!

  2. Nickoli Mad Russian Volkoff January 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I’m thinking someone didn’t get their “Antikythera Mechanism” for Christmas that year……resulting in the fatalistic downward spiral of the Roman economy which eventually led to the collapse of the entire empire..(weird)….kinda like what would happen if the boat carrying 50 million iPhone 6′s suddenly sunk on it’s way over from China….no iPhone…no economy……no economy…no society….no society…no American empire……..

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