Exploring the Sunken City of Heracleion

Once thought to be legend, the ancient city of Heracleion is beginning to reveal its mysteries. Built in the 8th Century BC, Heracleion (known to the ancient Egyptians as Thonis) once served as a prominent trade center and port of entry for goods from Greece and other countries into Egypt. It now rests below the …

The Antikythera Mechanism, The World’s “First Computer”

Over a century ago, the broken remains of the Antikythera Mechanism were recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera, Greece. It was found in pieces, 82 fragments of an ancient puzzle that together revealed something of an anachronism: the world’s oldest known computer. Created some time around 150-100 B.C. in Ancient Greece, this …