UCCS History Department

Sean Potter, an undergraduate history student who is enrolled in HIST 4150: Astrolabes, Arms, and Azulejos: Medieval Science, Technology, and Material Culture, located a web posting relating to a modern LEGO reproduction of the Antikythera mechanism. This posting is particularly intriguing as several students in HIST 4150 will be creating reproductions of medieval devices and technologies this semester. Hopefully, they will be inspired by this LEGO model.

So, what is the Antikythera mechanism?

According to Encyclopedia Britannica,

[It was an] ancient Greek mechanical device used to calculate and display information about astronomical phenomena. The remains of this ancient “computer,” now on display in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, were recovered in 1901 from the wreck of a trading ship that sank in the first half of the 1st century bce, near the island of Antikythera in the Mediterranean Sea. Its manufacture is currently dated to 100 bce, give…

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