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High tech from Ancient Greece

A Correction to this article was published on 06 December 2006

The Antikythera Mechanism, salvaged 100 years ago from an ancient shipwreck, was long known to be some sort of mechanical calendar. But modern analysis is only now revealing just how sophisticated it was.

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Charette, F. High tech from Ancient Greece. Nature 444, 551–552 (2006).

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