Unearthing Mysteries is a History Documentary programme.

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Unearthing Mysteries: The Antikythera Mechanism

Series 1, episode 1

Aubrey Manning explores one of the most extraordinary surviving artefacts from the Ancient Greek world. Found by divers in 1900, The Antikythera mechanism is an intricate mechanism of bronze dials and gears that has baffled researchers in the decades since its discovery. Exactly what kind of astronomical device is it? And does it mean that the ancient Greeks were centuries ahead of their time by putting the Sun at the centre of their universe - pre-empting Copernicus by 1400 years? Aubrey travels to Athens to uncover findings that could revolutionise our understanding of the history of astronomy.