4 – Viking Saga Confirmed, Ancient Greek Computer and the Great Pyramid isn’t Square

This week: Viking Saga confirmed, Antikythera shipwreck and computer, Athenian Trireme sheds in Piraeus, Great Pyramid not square, Indian Buddhist monastery, IAA antique raids, Utah national park?, 1866 Indian famine, Rwandan Independence, and LaSalle shipwreck restored.


Image credit: The Great Pyramid of Giza By Nina – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=282496

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Show Notes

This week, we return to the Antikythera shipwreck still yielding secrets after a 100 years, including the oldest computer, also in Greece, we find where the Athenians kept their famous fleet dry; in India, we dig up one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries, and in Egypt we find out the Great Pyramid of Giza is not quite square at the base! In other news, we hear why the Israelis are raiding antique shops, we look into the progress made in creating a new national park in Utah, we remember an Indian famine that killed a million people and we remember a genocide that killed almost a million more.

Links for this episode:


Confirmation of a Viking Saga

Antikythera Shipwreck Exploration

Antikythera Mechanism – Oldest Calendar Computer

Athenian Trireme Sheds in Piraeus Port

Great Pyramid of Giza Not Quite Square

Ancient Aliens Meme

Buddhist Monastery Found in India

History in the News:

IAA Raids Jerusalem Souvenir Store

Antiques Situation in Syria

Petition for Bears Ears Utah National Park

Inter-Tribal Coalition for Bears Ears

Stonewall Inn Becomes National Monument

Anniversaries and Commemorations:

1866 Orissa/Odisha Indian Famine

Editorial on Orissa Famine by Dinyar Patel

Rwanda Independence Day – July 1st


La Belle Shipwreck from LaSalle Expedition – Bullock Museum, Austin

La Belle Restoration Work

Book review:

The Holy Roman Empire, by Peter H. Wilson

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