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Rediscovering our past

In Athens National Archaeological Museum is a large number of displays of historical significance. Among them is the Antikythera Mechanism, an astronomical and calendrical calculating device from 85-60 BC found on the Antikythera shipwreck in 1901.

It has been called the world’s first analogue computer and is the oldest known. The mechanism comprises 82 scales, dials, axles, pointers, and 156 inscriptions which reference and predict the sun, moon, and planetary orbits and eclipses and the 12 zodiac signs.

While the astronomic knowledge needed to construct such mechanisms was already available ca 300BC, the mechanical knowledge was lost for some centuries and geared devices of its complexity weren’t seen again in Europe until the mechanical and astronomical clocks of the 13th and 14th centuries.

The mechanism has been well studied, documented and even recreated since its discovery but it does make you wonder how many buried treasures are yet to be found, how much important knowledge we have lost over time and how this could benefit humanity and life on our beautiful planet if we were to rediscover even a fraction of it. Lifting the veil of amnesia that descends on most of us when we come into our physical bodies can provide some of those answers so let’s rediscover our past lives, knowledge and soul gifts to create a better world.


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