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Title: Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism

Abstract

In 1900, a party of sponge divers chanced on the wreck of a Roman merchant vessel between Crete and mainland Greece. It was found to contain numerous ancient Greek treasures, among them a mysterious lump of clay that split open to reveal ‘mathematical gears’ as it dried out. This object is now known as the Antikythera Mechanism, one of the most enlightening artifacts in terms of revealing the advanced nature of ancient Greek science and technology. In 2005 we travelled to the National Archeological Museum in Athens to apply our Reflectance Imaging methods to the mechanism in the hopes of revealing ancient writing on the device. We were successful, and along with the results of Microfocus CT imaging, epigraphers were able to decipher 3000 characters.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
PPPL (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Princeton, NJ (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1043271
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: Wednesday Colloquium Series, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey, presented on February 10, 2012
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Antikythera

Citation Formats

Malzbender, Thomas. Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism. United States: N. p., 2012. Web.
Malzbender, Thomas. Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism. United States.
Malzbender, Thomas. Fri . "Imaging the Antikythera Mechanism". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1043271.
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abstractNote = {In 1900, a party of sponge divers chanced on the wreck of a Roman merchant vessel between Crete and mainland Greece. It was found to contain numerous ancient Greek treasures, among them a mysterious lump of clay that split open to reveal ‘mathematical gears’ as it dried out. This object is now known as the Antikythera Mechanism, one of the most enlightening artifacts in terms of revealing the advanced nature of ancient Greek science and technology. In 2005 we travelled to the National Archeological Museum in Athens to apply our Reflectance Imaging methods to the mechanism in the hopes of revealing ancient writing on the device. We were successful, and along with the results of Microfocus CT imaging, epigraphers were able to decipher 3000 characters.},
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