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August 2017 News Headlines


I will try to keep the news pages updated while John is recovering but this will not be as good and timely as the service John has provided as our Web Editor. Thank you again to everyone
who continues to send in news stories, and all the many good wishes for John.
We really appreciate your support and cannot thank you enough - Polly.



"Mysterious stone slab discovered in Spain is covered with ancient symbols that no one can read"
IB Times (UK)
"Possible ancient monks' complex discovered in Minya excavations"
Ahram Online (Egypt)

"3000-year-old circular stone wall found in Cusco"
Andina (Peru)
"Experts from the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco (DDCC) have unearthed architectural ruins dating back over 3,000 years in Marcavalle archaeological area, located in South-Andean Cusco region.

The finds include a 7-meter-diameter circular wall made of stone and mud belonging to pre-Inca Marcavalle culture in what is today a youth rehabilitation center.

According to Luz Marina Monroy, archaeologist in charge of the research, the ring-shaped structure would have been used as a dwelling and a ritual site.

Archaeologists also discovered part of a similar wall -believed to have been part of a workshop and warehouse- with signs of successive human occupation.

Inside both constructions, the experts found a large number of Marcavalle culture pottery fragments decorated with human and animal faces, obsidian points, stone tools, as well as stone and bone beads."
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[A really interesting discovery of pre-Inca ruins and artifacts. There are some great pictures of the finds, and more information about the Marcavalle culture. Well worth a visit to read the full story and see the images - Ed.]

"Ancient village unearthed at Papamoa roundabout"
New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
"Dig offers 1st hint of second capital in Osaka in 8th century"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
"Ancient Earthquake Turned Mosaic Workshop into Time Capsule"
Live Science (USA)
"Items Recovered from Wreck of Elgin’s Ship off Kythira"
Greek Reporter (Greece)
"2,200-year-old coins record Hannibal's defeat and the start of the Roman Empire"
IB Times (UK)
"‘First of-its-kind’ Hellenistic temple discovered in Umm Qai"
The Jordan Times (Jordan)
"Three Ptolemaic tombs uncovered in Egypt's Minya, contents suggest a 'large cemetery'"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"First 'winged' mammals flew over dinosaurs"
BBC News (UK)
"Roman coins show how Hannibal’s defeat led to rise of Rome" (India)
"Apsara Authority continues removing homes in Angkor"
The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)
"Cannibals engraved bones of the dead"
BBC News (UK)
"Himalayas losing rare fossils to hunters"
The Hindu (India)

"Wrong Göbeklitepe skulls reported in Turkish media"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Human skulls unearthed in the world's oldest temple Göbeklitepe (9,500-7,500 B.C.), in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, were recently reported in the Turkish media with the wrong visuals.

Göbeklitepe is among the world's most important ancient sites, dating back to the period of humankind's transition from hunting to settled agricultural life.

Excavations recently unearthed a total of seven skull pieces of three different people, on which straight and deep lines were carved.

Officials say that these findings are the first of their kind in Göbeklitepe.

However, articles about the Göbeklitepe skulls in many Turkish newspapers mistakenly used two photos from completely different geographies and cultures."
[Read The Full Story]

[There are often innocent mistakes made in media reports, and this may be one of them. But the very existence of the Göbeklitepe complex, and it's age of construction at 12,000 yaesr ago, is total anathema to those remaining defenders of an outdated prehistoric paradigm still taught in schools, colleges and universities. Was this a mistake? Or just another attempt to cause confusion in the Göbeklitepe debate.

Well done Hürriyet Daily News for reporting these errors! It's really well worth a visit to read the full story and view the many images and diagrams - Ed.]

"Maori Artifacts Point to Early Polynesian Settlement in New Zealand"
Live Science (USA)
"Ancient Greek papyri virtually unwrapped in Italy" - story text plus video
Tornos News (Greece)
"The men who trade Islamic State’s stolen antiquities"
The Australian (Australia)
"Skull secrets of an ancient ape"
Nature (UK)
"King Seti II-era blocks discovered at illegal excavation site in Egypt's Minya"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"Total Solar Eclipse: New Mexico Chaco Canyon Rock Art Shows Ancient Eclipse"
Newsweek (USA)
"Archeologists find 2,000-year-old rare stone vessel used in Jewish rituals"
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
"Ancient warrior unearthed marching to afterlife with his dagger drawn, wearing stylish earrings"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"The Real Story Behind the 'House of Jesus' Apostles' Discovery"
National Geographic News (USA)
"1,800-year-old writing implement discovered in northwestern Turkey"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)
"Angkor Excavation Team Find a Medicine Buddha"
The Cambodia Daily (Cambodia)

"‘Vanished’ people may live on in the U.S. Southwest"
Science Magazine (USA)
"In the late 1200s, the Ancestral Puebloan people of what is today the Four Corners Region of the U.S. Southwest suddenly vanished.

For centuries, the culture-also known as the Anasazi-had grown maize and built elaborate villages and sandstone castles. Then, it was gone.

Now, using DNA extracted from ancient turkeys, researchers say they have new insights into where these mysterious people went, though some experts are skeptical of the findings.

'While I think the concept behind the study is a terrific idea, and they present a really plausible case … the evidence is a little weak', says R. G. Matson, an anthropologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Scientists think they know why the Ancestral Puebloans disappeared.

The primary culprit, studies suggest, was a megadrought that would have made it impossible to grow enough food to feed the tens of thousands of people living in the region.

That, combined with factors like deforestation and topsoil erosion, led the Ancestral Pueblos to leave their homes at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde in search of a better life elsewhere.

Where they migrated to remains a mystery, however."

[Read The Full Story]

[This is a great story that possibly unveils the mystery of what happened to the ancient Puebloan peoples. If the suggestions are correct they are still around, just in a different area. Good job Science for giving us the details! Well worth a visit to read the full story - Ed.]

"An early modern human presence in Sumatra 73,000–63,000 years ago"
Nature (UK)
"Peering through the Sands of Time: Searching for the Origins of Space Archaeology"
NASA Earth Observatory (Earth Orbit)
"Excavations unveil mysteries of Trojan War"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Human bones may have been engraved as part of a cannibalistic ritual"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"4000-year-old ornaments made from bone unearthed near Hyderabad"
Deccan Chronicle (India)
"The Céide fields: a Mayo miracle that’s older than the pyramids"
The Irish Times (Ireland)
"Egyptologists Embrace Cutting-Edge Technology to Solve Ancient Mysteries"
Seeker (USA)
"Archaeologists discover 1,800-year-old writing tool in Turkey"
TRT World (Turkey)
"Polish archaeologists discover latrines and valuable ornaments in an ancient port city"
PAP (Poland)
"New gliding mammaliaforms from the Jurassic"
Nature (UK)
"Revealed: 4,000-year-old bone jewels"
The Hindu (India)
"Meet the mummified Polar beauty, her long eyelashes and hair still intact after 900 years"
The Siberian Times (Russia)

"Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"The first review of the global impact of humans on tropical forests in the ancient past shows that humans have been altering these environments for at least 45,000 years.

This counters the view that tropical forests were pristine natural environments prior to modern agriculture and industrialization.

The study, published today in Nature Plants, found that humans have in fact been having a dramatic impact on such forest ecologies for tens of thousands of years, through techniques ranging from controlled burning of sections of forest to plant and animal management to clear-cutting.

Although previous studies had looked at human impacts on specific tropical forest locations and ecosystems, this is the first to synthesize data from all over the world.

In the deep past, groups of hunter-gatherers appear to have burned areas of tropical forests, in particular in Southeast Asia as early as 45,000 years ago, when modern humans first arrived there.

There is evidence of similar forest burning activities in Australia and New Guinea.

By clearing parts of the forest, humans were able to create more of the 'forest-edge' environments that encouraged the presence of animals and plants that they liked to eat."

[Read The Full Story]

[Another incredible story about how ancient peoples 'managed' the natural environment, especially tropical rain forests. This study has gone one step further and looked at the global picture, and found that people have been controlling their environments for over 45,000 years. The story is well worth reading in full to understand the extent of this ancient practice - Ed.]

"Genetic origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans"
Nature (UK)
"Unknown Church Discovered by Archeologists from the Regional Museum of History, Russe"
Novinite (Bulgaria)
"Slow, steady progress in preserving country’s heritage"
Trinidad Guardian (Trinidad)
"France: archaeologists uncover 'little Pompeii' south of Lyon "
The Guardian (UK)
"Ancient history and nature on show at Sharjah desert centre"
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
"Ancient theater found under school in Turkey's Antalya"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"46 Prehistoric Sites with Paleolakes Discovered in 'Green Arabia'"
Live Science (USA)
"Structure resembling historical Ashoka Pillar discovered"
India Blooms (India)
"Is this stunning bracelet made by Paleolithic man for his favourite woman really 70K years old?"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"Elements of Eoarchean life trapped in mineral inclusions"
Nature (UK)
"Six Foot Tall Temple Guardian Discovered At Angkor Wat" - lots of great images
Malaysian Digest (Malaysia)
"Secrets of ancient Irish funeral practices revealed"
PhysOrg (USA)
"Could the mystery of the River Wear stone structures soon be solved?"
Chronicle Live (England)
"Contents of 2,500-year-old sarcophagus discovered in Turkey's Balikesir revealed"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)


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July 2017 News Headlines


I will try to keep the news pages updated while John is recovering but this will not be as good and timely as the service John has provided as our Web Editor. Thank you again to everyone
who continues to send in news stories, and all the many good wishes for John.
We really appreciate your support and cannot thank you enough - Polly.



"Bible Debunked? The Ancient Canaanites Survived God's Wrath, scientists say"
Inguisitr (USA)
"Archaeological Murals Discovered at Saint Bishoy Monastery"
Egyptian Streets (Egypt)
"The secrets of the ages: an abandoned city in the jungle"
The Mice Times of Asia (Thailand & Singapore)
"Carbon dating confirms T.N. site is from Sangam era"
The Hindu (India)
"2,000-year-old carpenter’s tool unearthed in Hokuriku dig"
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)
"Excavations start at Turkey's Uzuncaburç"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Uncovering the Galloway Viking Hoard, layer by layer"
Museum Crush (UK)
"Unexplored Sunken Pirate City in the Caribbean Will Finally Be Revealed"
Ancient Origins (Australia)
"Amazingly well preserved 3,500-year-old lunch box discovered in Swiss Alps"
IB Times (Switzerland)
"Skull of 1,000 year old Arctic chieftain's infant heir found encased in Persian bronze bowl"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"Cultural flexibility was key for early humans to survive extreme dry periods in southern Africa"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Humans hunted freshwater turtles in Israel 60,000 years ago"
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)

"Ancient royal 'limousine' excavated in central China"
China Daily (China)
"Archaeologists have found a "limousine" once owned by the Lord of Zheng State dating back 2,400 years, after five months of excavation in Xinzheng City, Central China's Henan province.

The giant, extravagant chariot, which is 2.56 meters long and 1.66 meters wide, was equipped with rain and sun protection on the top and decorated with bronze and bone ornaments.

It has more than 26 spokes in each wheel, which indicated the owner's noble status.

The 'limousine' was excavated in a funerary pit in tomb of Lords of Zheng State, a vassal state during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and the Warring States Period (475-221 BC)."

[Read The Full Story]

[Wow! What an amazing discovery in China, and congratulations to China Daily for publishing it. They certainly knew how to travel in kingly style in ancient China. Great pity there wasn't a photograph of the chariot but the story is well worth reading in full - Ed.]

"Modern-day Lebanese descend from the Canaanites, suggests genetic study"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"In Spain, an ancient cemetery buried under a cemetery"
El Pais (Spain)
"Ivory icon, rare Byzantine gold coin found at Bulgaria’s Rusokastro fortress site"
The Sofia Globe (Bulgaria)
"Tomb depicting famous gladiator brawl discovered in Pompeii"
ANSAmed (Italy)
"Nottingham archaeologist uncovers secrets of sunken ‘pirate city’ in Jamaica"
Notts TV (England)
"1,100-year-old coin found in royal Pictish power centre"
The Scotsman (Scotland)
"Remains of ancient Apollo temple unearthed on Greek Despotiko islet west of Antiparos"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Southampton Water fish trap dated to Saxon times"
BBC News (UK)
"Medieval-era graffiti discovered in cave in Upper Egypt"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"Archaeologists delicately excavate 5,000-year-old pottery"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)
"Archaeologists Uncover 3500 Year Old Artefacts in Zadar Archipelago"
Total Croatia News (Croatia)
"5,000-Year-Long Tsunami Record Found in Guano-Encrusted Sumatran Cave"
Seeker (USA)
"Nine Bronze Age tombs discovered in Eastern Romania"
Romania Insider (Romania)
"Reimagining the History of Human Migration With a 65,000-Year-Old Find"
Hakai Magazine (Canada)

"Impressive 2,700-Year-Old Water System Discovered Near Rosh Ha’Ayin"
Jewish Press (Israel)
"An impressively large 2,700-year-old water system was recently exposed at Israel Antiquities Authority excavations near Rosh Ha-Ayin with the help of students majoring in the Education Ministry's Land of Israel and Archaeology studies.

The excavation precedes the construction of a new residential neighborhood initiated by the Ministry of Construction and Housing.

According to Gilad Itach, director of excavations for the IAA, 'It is difficult not to be impressed by the sight of the immense underground reservoir quarried out so many years ago.

In antiquity, rainwater collection and storage was a fundamental necessity. With an annual rainfall of 500 mm, the region's winter rains would easily have filled the huge reservoir.

On its walls, near the entrance, we identified engravings of human figures, crosses, and a vegetal motif that were probably carved by passersby in a later period.

Overall, we identified seven figures measuring 15-30 cm. Most have outstretched arms and a few appear to be holding some kind of object.'"
[Read The Full Story]

[What an amazing discovery! Well done Jewish Press for publishing the details, and for including the equally amazing images of the underground reservoir. It's well worth a visit to read the full story and see the many images of the excavation as well as the subterranean structures - Ed.]

"Highly variable recurrence of tsunamis in the 7,400 years before the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami"
Nature Communications (UK)
"Archaeologists in Athens uncover 2,500-year-old Greek mystery by CSI tests"
Tornos News (Greece)
"Copper in Ötzi the Iceman’s ax came from surprisingly far away"
Science News (USA)
"Another pre-Hispanic find in Mexico City"
Mexico News Daily (Mexico)
"Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago"
Nature - article preview (UK)
"T-rex 'not strong enough' for running locomotion, researchers say"
ABC News (Australia)
"Divers Find 8 More Wrecks at Sunken-Ship Hotspot in Greece"
Live Science (USA)
"Secret Stone Age engravings can only be seen at night, archaeologists find"
RT News (Russia)
"Ancient roman sarcophagus found at London building site"
BBC News (UK)
"The big Buddha's of Bamiyan"
The Island (Sri Lanka)
"Ancestors of Stonehenge people could be buried inside uncovered 'house of the dead'"
PhysOrg (USA)
"EU Plans Crackdown on Antique and Art Smuggling That Funds Terror"
HETQ (Armenia)
"Land acquisition process gets underway in Gotihawa"
The Kathmandu Post (Nepal)
"Maori culture and history"
ABC RN News (Australia)
"Hands Off the Antiquities"
The American Interest (USA)

"Ancient monuments damaged in Preseli Hills"
Tivyside Advertiser (Cymru)
"Archaeologists and conservationists have repeated a plea to visitors to leave ancient sites and monuments in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park as they find them.

Rocks from Foel Drygarn and Carn Meini (also known as Carn Menyn) in the Preseli Hills are being moved or taken away by visitors who may be unaware of their protected status and significance.

The Preseli Hills has been inhabited for thousands of years, with prehistoric monuments sitting in a landscape of natural cliffs and crags. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

'At Carn Meini we found a number of stones that had been hammered and a stash of broken up bits of bluestone.

Carn Meini’s greatest claim to fame is that its dolerite rock is the famous bluestone that was used to build the inner ring of Stonehenge.'"
[Read The Full Story]

[Ever since Carn Meini was identified as the source of the blustones used at Stonehenge various idiots have gone up there and chipped off bits of the dolerite bluestone to take home as souvenirs.

The Presceli mountain area is the legendary site of the gateway to the ancient celtic underworld - Annwn. If grabbing bits of stone is your intention don't go up there in the mist. You may never return. Please do read the full story - Ed.]

"Ruins on the Tropic of Cancer"
The Hundu (India)
"Pictured: the remains of a Stone Age fish supper from 8,000 years ago"
The Siberian Times (Russia)
"How kings really lived in Cornwall"
Pirate FM Cornwall (Kernow)
"Pin-drop test pops Greek amphitheater’s acoustic claims"
Science News (USA)
"Excavation works resume on 2,100-year-old marble statue of Cybele in northern Turkey"
Daily Sabah (Turkey)
"Tattooed Princess Ukok, the First Breast Cancer Patient in History"
Netral News (Indonesia)
"Hundreds of Stone Tombs Discovered in Land of 'Dead Fire'"
Live Science (USA)
"Mosaic floor from Roman period uncovered in Alexandria"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"Ancient stone monuments may have been used for mysterious moonlit ceremonies... "
The Telegraph (UK)
"Pearls, Viking swords, spears and shields among hundreds of items excavated in N. Iceland"
Iceland Magazine (Iceland)
"Easter Island not victim of 'ecocide', analysis of remains shows"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Greek archaeologist unearths ancient buildings and bridge in Alexandria, Egypt"
Tornos News (Greece)

"Ancient-genome studies grapple with Africa’s past"
Nature (UK)
"Ignored for too long by researchers, ancient humans who lived in Africa thousands of years ago are finally having their genomes studied.

Two projects released results this week on the genomes of around 20 individuals, which together reveal that the history of our species on the continent is much more complex than previously thought.

Africa's neglect until now by ancient-DNA researchers was largely a result of the continent's scorching climate.

Because heat speeds the deterioration of DNA, scientists have focused on sequencing remains from cooler European sites and Siberian permafrost.

The first success in Africa came in 2015, when researchers sequenced the genome of a 4,500-year-old man from Ethiopia who was preserved in a relatively chilly mountainous cave.

But advances in removing contamination, and the discovery that a tiny inner ear bone is chock full of ancient DNA, have convinced researchers that the technology is finally ready to grapple with Africa's past."
[Read The Full Story]

[Great stuff again from Nature News! The reasons why DNA research in Africa has been sadly lacking is explained in detail, and how it has proceeded recenty is outlined. It really is well worth taking the time to read the full story - Ed.]

"'Milestone' treasure of ancient Roman coins found at mining site"
The Local (Spain)
"We may have mated with Neanderthals more than 219,000 years ago"
New Scientist (UK)
"Sultans’ bath a surprising find atop Takkeli Mountain"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"200,000-Year-Old 'Baby Tooth' Reveals Clues About Mysterious Human Lineage"
Live Science (USA)
"Scientists know more about women from the pre-Inca tomb"
PAP (Poland)
"Island Rises Up off of Cape Hatteras"
NASA Earth Observatory (Earth Orbit)
"Circling out a centre"
The Hindu (India)
"Archaeological Find Reveals New Side to Life at Angkor"
The Cambodia Daily (Cambodia)
"Archaeologists put sound back into a previously silent past"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"One thousand six hundred-year-old basilica found underwater in Turkey"
Herald Malaysia (Malaysia)
"5000-year-old 'graveyard of giants' found in Chinese village"
IBT India (India)
"West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat driven by Holocene warm water incursions"
Nature (UK)

"Sixth century medical recipe uncovered in St Catherine's Monastery"
Ahram Online (Egypt)
"In a ceremony held at his ministry's headquarters, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced the discovery of a very important medical manuscript uncovered by the monks of St Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai during restoration works carried out in the monastery's library.

Mohammed Abdel-Latif, assistant minister of antiquities for archaeological sites, explained that the discovered manuscript is one of those known as "Palmesit" manuscripts, dating to the 6th century AD.

The manuscript is written on leather and bears parts of a medical recipe of the renowned Greek physician Hippocrates.

The manuscript has also three other medical recipes written by an anonymous scribe, one of which contains drawings of medicinal herbs of the Greek recipe."
[Read The Full Story]

[Another good story from Ahram Online! Though attributed to Greek physician, Hippocrates, everyone knows that the Greeks simply stole all the medical knowledge of the far more civilised Africa, and later claimed as Greek, from the Egyptians in the first place - especially Imhotep. Worth reading the full story though - Ed.]

"Tower of human skulls in Mexico sheds new light on Aztecs"
Pakistan Today (Pakistan)
"US returns 'looted' royal seals to South Korea after 60 years"
BBC News (UK)
"More remains found at Alderney 'Roman burial ground'"
Jersey Evening Post (Jersey)
"Breakthrough in dating Viking fortress"
EurekAlert (USA)
"Life in Alaska’s Pleistocene age"
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska)
"Al Ain National Museum to hold workshops on cuneiform writing"
Zawya (Dubai)
"Palaeoclimatology: Ice-sheet history revealed by fossils"
Nature (UK)
"In South America have unearthed an ancient tomb"
The Mice Times of Asia (Singapore)
"New studies of ancient concrete could teach us to do as the Romans did"
Popular Archaeology (USA)
"Evidence of Unique Skull Cult Found at World's Oldest Temple"
Sputnik International (Russia)
"Prehistoric lizard wasn't what we thought"
New Atlas (UK)
"First evidence of skull decoration discovered in Göbeklitepe"
Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey)
"Archaeologists find 'secret square' within famous ancient stone circle"
PanArmenian Net (Armenia)
"Buried in Beads 4,000 Years Ago, This Chiefly Family Lives Again"
National Geographic News (USA)

"The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project"
Cardiff/Athens Universites (Cymru/Greece)
[In October 1900, Captain Dimitrious Kondos was leading a team of sponge divers near the the island of Antikythera off the coast of Greece. They noticed a shipwreck about 180 feet below the surface and began to investigate. Amongst the artifacts that they brought up was a coral-encrusted piece of metal that later archaeologists found was some sort of gear wheel.

The rest of the artifacts, along with the shape of the boat, suggested a date around 2000 years ago, which made the find one of the most anomalous that had ever been recovered from the Greek seas. It became known as The Antikythera Mechanism.

In 2006 the journal "Nature" published a
letter, and another paper about the mechanism was published in 2008, detailing the findings of Prof. Mike G. Edmunds of Cardiff University. Using high-resolution X-ray tomography to study the fragments of the anomalous Antikythera Mechanism, they found that it was in fact a bronze mechanical analog computer that could be used to calculate the astronomical positions and various cycles of the Moon - as seen from the Earth: - Ed]

Part of the Antikythera Mechanism
an image of Part of the Antikythera Mechanism, which is also a clickable link directly to the Lichfield Blog story
Copyright © 2006
Antikythera Mechanism Research Project

2000-year-old analog computer recreated

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"Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck"
Scientific American (USA)
"Scientists decipher purpose of mysterious astronomy tool made by ancient Greeks"
CBC News (Canada)
"Beyond the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature Blogs (UK)
"Archimedes’ legendary sphere brought to life"
Nature News (UK)
"Discovery about the Antikythera Mechanism reveals surprising advances in early Greek science"
University of Puget Sound (USA)
"World's oldest computer is more ancient than first thought... "
The Daily Mail Online (UK)
"New international mission ready to explore Antikythera shipwreck"
eKathimerini (Greece)
"Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found"
The Guardian Science Blog (UK)
"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)
"World’s First Computer Displayed Olympic Calendar"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)
"Antikythera Mechanism - World's earliest existing analogue computer"
HotnHit News (India)
"In search of lost time"
Nature (UK)
"Imaging the Antikythera Computer"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)
"Decoding an Ancient Computer: Greek Technology Tracked the Heavens"
Scientific American (USA)
"2,000 Year Old Computer Yields Her Secrets"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)
"Watch a video explaining the Antikythera mechanism"
Nature (UK)
"Antikythera mechanism"
Wikipedia (USA)
"World's First Computer Rebuilt, Rebooted After 2,000 Years"
Wired Gadget Lab (USA)
"Antikythera: A 2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life"
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