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Mark Smeraldi

Just curious; Have you read "The Last Fine Time" by Verlyn Klinkenborg? If not, you should treat yourself to another's fine writing

Ken Muldrew

There's a great irony here but I'm too slow to figure out if you meant to highlight it or not. In talking about visits to the past, with particular notice given to the Antikythera wreck, you seem to make a point of not talking about the most out-of-time (as in, could only come from visits from the future) artifact ever found: the Antikythera mechanism. This was an analog computer used to calculate the movements of celestial bodies. Of course it's not really out-of-time, it's just that the technology seems to have been lost for centuries after this singular device was made.
An amateur machinist who embodies the spirit of Sophocles ("One must learn by doing the thing...") is attempting to reconstruct the device using period methods (at least for proof of concept; he uses modern machining techniques for most of the work so that it doesn't take 20 years). He posts regular videos of his progress that are very engaging (though perhaps not for everyone). His website is:

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