When you mention relics, what immediately comes to mind are antique vases, books, weapons, which compared to modern standards are extremely primitive. However, one particular archaeologic discovery boggled the minds of many experts for at least 70 years since it was uncovered.
It’s the Antikythera mechanism, retrieved from the depths of a wreck in the coast of the Grecian island Antikythera in 1901. It is estimated to have been designed and constructed between 150 and 100 BC. It was found highly corroded and was housed immediately in the National Museum of Archaeology in Athens for storage and analysis. What the mechanism was for, who built it, and how it worked, eluded experts for at least a hundred years.
Until a highly specialized X-ray machine had to be shipped from England to Athens to examine the highly corroded and fragile relic that cannot be moved by more than a few meters. Then, they came close to a discovery. The Antikythera mechanism proved to be an ancient invention made way ahead of its time. It is the world’s first known analogue computer.
Its clockwork design preceded the first mechanical clock invented in the late 14th century which was the size of a small car. The Antikythera created more than 1500 years ago in ancient Greece proved to be much smaller, more precisely engineered and much smarter. The Antikythera contains sets of gears, pins and rivets that not only tell time, but also keep track of the movements of the sun, moon and other planets. This is believed to have also been used to keep track of the timing of athletic events like the ancient Olympics.
But who was behind this genius, ancient piece of invention?
Watch the full video here to know the full mysterious story behind the Antikythera, the relic invented way ahead of its time.