Published 11:28, 08 December 2015
While exploring an ancient shipwreck found near the Greek island of Antikythera, a group of divers discovered a bizarre mechanism that has been known since then as the Antikythera Mechanism.
Since 1901 when it was found, researchers couldn’t figure out what purpose it served or what this device was in fact because of the corrosion caused by centuries laying under the ocean. With the current technological improvement, scientists were now able to decipher its evasive purpose and complexity after more than 100 years of misinterpreting, and it appears that this device is of a greater significance for humanity’s history than ever anticipated.
Crafted over 2,000 years ago, this complex mechanism served as a calculation device that helped determine the astronomical positioning and alignments for calendrical purposes, as well as calculating the cycles of the renowned Olympic Games. In other words, what explorers found inside that shipwreck more than 100 years ago is in fact an ancient analog computer built using a puzzling assembly of almost 30 bronze gear wheels that were carefully sealed in a case embedded with a collection of metallic dials.
The reason why this ancient device has puzzled so many researchers is because it proves advanced technological understanding similar to that of the 18th century, even though it was built around 150 BC. If we compare it to other ancient instruments, it reveals that none matches the complexity of this timeworn super-computer, except for the ones built more than 1,000 years later. Could this prove that the ancient civilizations possessed extended technological knowledge that was far beyond what modern-day science considers?
To prove the capabilities of this ancient computer, Michae Wright, a UK Mechanic and Historian of Mechanism, has rebuilt a fully-functional Antikythera mechanism from recycled metal plates (just like the original mechanism used to be), and is now revealing the full range capabilities of this stunning piece of work. Is it possible that the ancient builders shared the same fate as their creation? And if so, did they perish along with the accumulated knowledge, while leaving humanity another couple thousand years to decipher and understand the computation of astronomical positioning?
Considering the advanced understanding of the ancients, which is most of the time masked by our history books, is it possible that extraterrestrial beings depicted as gods guided humanity in the past and shared a way of advanced learning with a selected few? Well, if we look at all the new discoveries that most of the time contradict with the scientific beliefs of the past, the hypothesis of ancient aliens helping us evolve and prosper doesn’t seem too far away.
In fact, it’s possible that our species is undergoing a cyclic evolution, meaning that every time our knowledge expands, something terrible is happening, thus wiping the entire progress achieved.
Through discoveries like this we can open our eyes and see that the past is not as modern science describes it, and that advanced civilizations might have existed on Earth only to be wiped out by natural disasters or even by their own weapons.
If so, we may once again expect alien beings to descend on Earth when the current cycle ends, and according to written history, 2015 years have already passed since it begun. However, the next date of the new beginning can only be speculated, and if it happens in this lifetime don’t forget to capture the moment.