Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism

The Antikythera Mechanism is an archaeological artefact found on 1901 on a shipwreck under the sea near the Greek island of Antikythera. The mechanism has remained a mystery for several decades as it was considered too complex to be built in ancient Greece. The artefact is now dated at the 2nd century B.C. and believed to be a sort of mechanical computer for astronomical calculation in relation to the solar system.

Several models trying to explain the working of the mechanism have been created since its discovery. This video is based on a model by Michael T. Wright and is an accurate and detailed reconstruction of the model that shows all its parts and how they are connected together. It also clearly shows how the model relates to the archaeological artefact. The author of the video Massimo Mogi Vicentini has also created a physical reconstruction of the model; however the virtual reconstruction is an interesting example of how using digital technologies is possible to make a virtual object that can be shared with an audience worldwide. To be noted that this digital artefact is not just a video of physical object, but a completely digital reconstruction of the object simply based on the theoretical model.

References

‘Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism – Michael Wright & Mogi Vicentini (2009)’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT0gXa1ZrnA

‘Antikythera Mechanism Research Project’. http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/

‘Mogi-Antikythera-En’. http://www.mogi-vice.com/Antikythera/Antikythera-en.html


Video reproduced with the permission of its autor. All copyright for the viedo remain with its author Massimo Mogi Vicentini.

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