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Ancient ‘Computer’ Baffles Archaeologists

More than a century ago, divers in the Aegean Sea discovered an odd, shoe-box sized apparatus among the wreckage of a ship that went down in roughly 60 B.C. It has come to be known as the Antikythera mechanism.

More than a century ago, the device was found close to a Roman shipwreck, and it can reportedly calculate astronomical changes with a high degree of precision.

When it was studied, archaeologists were stunned by its sophistication, as it is far beyond anything expected from so long ago. Some┬áhave described it as the world’s “first computer.”