"The Ancient Greek Marvel" Indiana Jones chases the Antikythera mechanism in his new movie (see trailer)

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is set in 1969, and Indy regrets that the US government is recruiting a former Nazi named Jurgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), from whom he helped his colleague Basil Shaw obtain the mysterious dial known as the Antikythera 25 years ago, in order to beat the Soviet Union in the space race. While Jurgen strives to make the world a better place (in his own way), Indy teams up with Basil's daughter, Helena Shaw, to find the dial.

In the movie the Antikythera Mechanism, created by ancient Greek scientist Archimedes in the 3rd century BC that can change the course of history.

What is the real life Antikythera mechanism?

Antikythera is a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea.

In 1900, Elias Stadiatos discovered a shipwreck in Antikythera which contained an ancient mechanism. Italian Fascists would later search the area in 1937 while chasing more devices thought to be hidden there.

Antikythera mechanism, an extraordinary object that has befuddled historians and scientists for more than 120 years. Over the decades the original mass split into 82 fragments, leaving a fiendishly difficult jigsaw puzzle for researchers to put back together. The device appears to be a geared astronomical calculation machine of immense complexity. Today we have a reasonable grasp of some of its workings, but there are still unsolved mysteries. We know it is at least as old as the shipwreck it was found in, which has been dated to between 60 and 70 B.C.E., but other evidence suggests it may have been made around 200 B.C.E.

The Antikythera mechanism is the oldest known scientific calculator. A complex arrangement of over 30 gears could determine with remarkable precision the position of the sun, moon and planets, predict eclipses and track the dates of Olympic Games.

This remarkable 2,000-year-old device has revolutionized our understanding of the ancient Greeks’ abilities—both their scientific acumen and their craftsmanship.

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