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Scientists figured out when the Antikythera mechanism started working

It is now believed that the mysterious ancient device may have first started working on December 22, 178 BC.

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Scientists consider this device one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. This strange 2000 year old mechanism is believed to be a form of early astronomical computer.

How the ancient Greeks developed the device, which is filled with a mind-boggling array of bronze gears, remains a mystery – especially given the time period in which it was created.

The Antikythera Mechanism

Originally retrieved from a wreck by divers, the mechanism was found alongside a variety of other artifacts, including coins, jewelry, pottery and statue fragments.

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Since its discovery, the device has been the subject of intense study and debate, with archaeologists trying to piece together its purpose and origin.

Now a new study suggests the device first went live on December 22, 178 BCE.

The researchers speculated that a solar eclipse combined with the next day’s winter solstice—both astronomically significant events at the time—would make an ideal time to trigger the mechanism.

According to the researchers, this is a “characteristic, important and easily detectable” date for the start of the Antikythera mechanism.

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While this conclusion is certainly intriguing, other experts are unsure if this date is accurate. For example, if a particular start date was correct, then other seasons and dates displayed on the device would be inaccurate.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of anomalien.com, a website he created in 2013.