By Jo Marchant
2 October 2012
It took more than 100 years to work out from its corroded remains how the Antikythera mechanism worked. Video: New Scientist
Site where oldest computer lay for thousands of years may yield other treasures and even another Antikythera mechanism
In 1900, Greek sponge divers stumbled across “a pile of dead, naked women” on the seabed near the tiny island of Antikythera. It turned out the figures were not corpses but bronze and marble statues, part of a cargo of stolen Greek treasure that was lost when the Roman ship carrying them sank two thousand years ago on the island’s treacherous rocks.
It was the first marine wreck to be studied by archaeologists, and yielded the greatest haul of ancient treasure that had ever been found. Yet the salvage project – carried out in treacherous conditions with desperately crude equipment – was never completed. So this month, armed with the latest diving technology, scientists are going back.
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