Dating ancient objects
The hammer’s head, made of more than 96% iron, is far more pure than anything nature could have achieved without an assist from technology.
Pictures from here, copyright David Lines However, there is significant reason to question the initial dating — and just because the hammer was encased in old rocks doesn’t mean that it itself is as old as the rocks.
They are believed to be more than 10,000 years old.
They turned it to a team of archaeologists who checked it, and as it turns out, the rock encasing the hammer was dated to the Ordovician – more than 400 million years ago!
There is some question regarding that dating though, but here’s the kicker – according to initial measurements, the hammer itself turned out to be more than 500 million years old.
Whoever has done this has done it extremely carefully.” He added: “…in terms of historic and scarcity value, I have to regard this mechanism as being more valuable than the Mona Lisa.”Judging by its amazing complexity, it seems fair to assume that the Antikythera has other predecessors – but none of them have been found, which makes it even more impressive.
The complexity and workmanship did not appear again in Europe until the development of mechanical astronomical clocks in the fourteenth century … Chi Pu Tei into the Baian-Kara-Ula in China made an astonishing discovery.