New clues narrow origins of ancient astronomical calculator

Newly discovered clues hint at the origins of an ancient astronomical calculator called the Antikythera Mechanism that could predict solar eclipses. The device, which was found in a shipwreck near Crete, has drawn considerable speculation since it was excavated in 1901, with some historians postulating it may have even been created by the famed Greek scientist Archimedes. Now, according to The New York Times, the newest evidence—an inscription on the calculator referencing the Olympic Games—suggests that the device may have originated in Rhodes and was not the work of Archimedes. According to researchers, the identity of the mechanism’s creator is still anyone’s guess.

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