Thursday, January 22, 2015

AROUND 60 BC ROMANS TRIED TO HAUL A VAST GREEK TREASURE IN A GIANT SHIP BACK TO ROME

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EXPLORING THE TITANIC OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: 

                                           

 Scientist Search The Wine-Dark Seas For The Remains Of A Ship That Sank Over 2,000 Years Ago Carrying What Might Be the World's First Computer: The Smithsonian has the complete story. 


Beneath the cliff, under 180 feet of churning water, are the remains of a ship that smashed against Pinakakia’s rocks 2,000 years ago. When this wreck was discovered in 1900, it yielded a priceless cargo—Greek statues, glassware, jewelry and a sophisticated device for modeling the cosmos so revolutionary that the science fiction writer and futurist Arthur C. Clarke later argued it could have sparked the Industrial Revolution more than a millennium ago. If the Greeks had been able to build on the technology, Clarke said, “By this time we would not merely be pottering around on the moon. We would have reached the nearer stars.” As the first wreck ever investigated, the Antikythera ship, as it’s now known, caught the world’s attention and gave birth to the field of marine archaeology. "

 Today modern marine archaeologists are again exploring and recovering objects from the wreck. The "Holy Grail" of the search would be the missing parts of the clock work like "computer" found in 1900. But the sea does not give up its secrets easily. The Smithsonian  Magazine carries the complete story;


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