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Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computer

"NAMA Machine d'Anticythère 1". Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Antikythera mechanism (Fragment A – front)
NAMA Machine d’Anticythère 1“. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

By Jo Marchant via Smithsonian.com:

After 2,000 years under the sea, three flat, misshapen pieces of bronze at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens are all shades of green, from emerald to forest. From a distance, they look like rocks with patches of mold. Get closer, though, and the sight is stunning. Crammed inside, obscured by corrosion, are traces of technology that appear utterly modern: gears with neat triangular teeth (just like the inside of a clock) and a ring divided into degrees (like the protractor you used in school). Nothing else like this has ever been discovered from antiquity. Nothing as sophisticated, or even close, appears again for more than a thousand years.

For decades after divers retrieved these scraps from the Antikythera wreck from 1900 to 1901, scholars were unable to make sense of them.

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‘Byzantine iPad’ Found in Ancient Shipwreck

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Istanbul University department of marine archeology and the Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project (C)

Shipwreck? There’s an app for that. No Angry Birds, though. Angry Fish, maybe. Angry Captain, definitely.

Probably belonging to the ship’s captain, the wooden object, whose cover is finely carved with decorations, is the size of a modern seven-inch tablet, but it’s much thicker. It consists of a set of five overlaid rectangular panels carved with frames and covered with wax. Notes could be taken on those panels, as shown by writing in Greek which is still visible on the wax. A primitive “app” is hidden on the bottom panel: a sliding lid revealing a hidden plate with carved spaces. “When you draw the sliding part, there are small weights used as an assay balance,” Ufuk Kocabaş, director of Istanbul University’s department of marine archeology and the Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, told Hurriyet Daily News. Since it was a merchant ship, the tool was likely used to assess the value of some items.

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Sangreal, The Holy Grail: Recovering The Lost Science of Antiquity

Sangreal3_CoverPrevious articles in this series.

  1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf: 2012, Fenrir and Asteroid DA14
  2. Close Encounters of the Celestial Kind: Multiple Asteroid Sightings Around the World
  3. Here There Be Dragons
  4. Sangreal, The Holy Grail: Recovering the Cosmic Science of Antiquity – Part One
  5. Sangreal, The Holy Grail: Recovering the Cosmic Science of Antiquity – Part Two

This article is the third in a series explicitly addressing the meaning of one of the most potent of magical symbols, the Holy Grail. I hope you have read the previous two from the months of May and June in order to pick up the thread of the narrative. If you have not read them, or have gotten hazy about the details you can find them, along with several other articles written for The Oracle at Sacred Geometry International.com.

In part two last month I made this claim “The Grail is a symbol for a lost technology of individual, social and planetary regeneration.” This claim comes from a reading of the texts themselves.… Read the rest

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