An ancestor of modern tablet computers discovered on a sunken ship of ancient Byzantium

In one of the harbors on the European side of the Bosphorus, Turkish archaeologists have discovered a strange wooden object, which is at least 1200 years old. In their opinion, it is the ancient equivalent of modern tablet computers.

Apparently, this wooden object belonged to the captain of the ship. The device consists of two parts - directly "computer" and a box for tools. The lid of the device is decorated with fine thread with decorations, and its dimensions almost completely correspond to the dimensions of a modern 7-inch tablet. True, the progenitor is much thicker.

The "monitor" of the ancient tablet is represented by five overlaid rectangular panels covered with wax, which were intended for writing. Fortunately, some fragments of them have survived. Of great interest are round niches cut in the lid, which were assigned the role of primitive "applications".

Everything suggests that this device, unique for its time, was used on a merchant ship as a tool for assessing the value of certain items, in particular, for determining the content of metal in ore or precious metals in an alloy.

The find was found among the fragments of one of 37 sunken ships that belonged to ancient Byzantium. Excavations have been underway in Yenikale, one of the districts of Istanbul, for 10 years. In the 4th century AD, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius I, there was a large trading port named after him.