AN ANCIENT GREEK COMPUTER

September 12 → 1:00 pm3:00 pm

Stromness Museum

Immerse yourself in the wonders of ancient technology as Dr Vassilios Spathopoulos presents an extraordinary working model of the Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical computer from 2,000 years ago.

The mechanism was recovered from a Roman shipwreck discovered in 1900 off the coast of the small Greek Island of Antikythera. The wreck holds a treasure trove of artifacts dating back to the fourth century BC. Among the finds are the severely corroded remnants of the Antikythera mechanism, now widely regarded as the world’s oldest known analog computer. The various artifacts, works of art, and fragments of the ship are today showcased at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

The model of the Antikythera mechanism will be exhibited between 1 pm and 3 pm. The cost is covered by the museum entry ticket.

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