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The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project (AMRP) publishes results on a stable basis, as data is processed and results are analyzed.

The first article was published in "Nature" in 2006:
Decoding the ancient Greek astronomical calculator known as the Antikythera Mechanism
Subsequently, a second article was published in "Nature" in 2008, whit authors being members of the research project and scientific collaborators from the field of history of astronomy:
Calendars with Olympiad display and eclipse prediction on the Antikythera Mechanism

Before the creation of the AMRP, two members had already published scholarly articles on the Mechanism. The first was Mike Edmunds, in 2000:
The Antikythera Mechanism: still a mystery of Greek Astronomy.
Tony Freeth published two articles in 2002:
The Antikythera Mechanism: 1. Challenging the classic research
The Antikythera Mechanism: 2. Is it Posidonius' orrery?

In 2009, Tony Freeth has also published this article in Scientific American, fifty years after Derek Price's initial article in the same journal.

In 2012, Tony Freeth and Alexander Jones published "The Cosmos in the Antikythera Mechanism", an article about planetary mechanisms. In a 2011 research note that led to that collaboration, Alexander Jones proposed, (on the basis of new readings of the Back Cover Inscription that described the planets as travelling through "circles"), a reconstruction of the front dial with spherelets borne on mobile rings representing the planets, an idea that reappeared in 2021 in a new article on the model of the Cosmos by Tony Freeth and collaborators.

In 2016, the members of the research project published the volume "The Inscriptions of the Antikythera Mechanism", a collaborative work edited by Mike Edmunds for the journal Almagest, in a special issue supported by Hublot.

In addition to these, the AMRP published three booklets with the cooperation of other institutions:
A catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, in July 2008:
The Antikythera Mechanism: Decoding an Ancient Greek Mystery by Tony Freeth
An abstract booklet for the Athens Conference in 2006, published with the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece:
Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism: Science and Technology in Ancient Greece.
A catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, in December 2010.

Members of the AMRP collaborated to the "Antikythera Wreck" exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum:
Catalogue of the exhibition: The Shipwreck of Antikythera: The Ship, The Treasure, The Mechanism.
Accompanying booklet about the technology shown at the exhibition:
Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism: Science and Technology in Ancient Greece.

We are expecting more publications in the future, both from the AMRP and from scientific collaborators of the Research Project. This page will be regularly updated [last update: March 2021]. You should also check the bibliography for an extensive list of publications on the Antikythera Mechanism and on the context of Ancient Astronomy, Science and Technology.