Researchers Claim to Solve the Mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism

Researchers Claim to Solve the Mysteries of the Antikythera Mechanism

When Dimitrios Kondos and his crew of sponge divers found the Antikythera shipwreck in 1900, they weren’t trying to make history or upend archaeologists’ understanding of high technology in the late 1st century BC. They were mostly killing time. The crew made some dives off the Greek island of Antikythera while waiting for favorable winds to continue their journey toward North Africa. While diving, they spotted a shipwreck. A recovery mission in 1901 yielded a hefty stash of statues, sculptures, …