An Ancient Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

The highlight of a recent trip to Athens was a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology. The museum had a special gallery for the finds from the Antikythera shipwreck, a boat carrying luxury goods from around 75–50 BC which was wrecked in a storm. It was discovered in 1900 by sponge divers. The highlight … Continue reading An Ancient Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

The Shapwick Hoard: Britain’s Largest Hoard of Roman Silver Denarii

Take a look at this rather attractive pile of coins; who doesn’t like a bit of treasure? It’s actually a photo of the Shapwick Hoard, a collection of 9,262 Roman silver denarii coins found at Shapwick on the Somerset Levels in 1998. Where was it found? The hoard was discovered by amateur metal detectorists in … Continue reading The Shapwick Hoard: Britain’s Largest Hoard of Roman Silver Denarii