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    Essentials – Antikythera Mechanism

    TopicEssential Information
    NameAntikythera Mechanism
    Discovery Date and Place1901, Antikythera wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera
    Estimated Date of OriginBetween 205 BC and 60 BC
    PurposeAstronomical and calendrical calculations, predicting astronomical events such as eclipses
    Dimensions340 mm × 180 mm × 90 mm
    MaterialsBronze and wood
    FeaturesContains a complex system of at least 30 meshing bronze gears
    Major InferencesTestament to technical sophistication during Hellenistic period, shows ancient Greek understanding and knowledge of astronomy
    Current LocationNational Archaeological Museum, Athens
    Conservation StatusFragments of the mechanism survived