Dimitris Chatzis working on the reconstruction of the ancient lock mechanism found in Eleutherna, Crete, Greece.
The lock is a unique item that is compared with the Antikythera mechanism and interpreted as a Rom lock. Recovered in 2002, it has been subjected to extensive scientific examination at Rethymnon (D. Kalligeropoulos and S. Vasileiadou).
It was recovered in a pottery store of a small Rom bath-house, the roof of which collapsed in the 365 AD earthquake, killing at least one person. Probably once attached to a ceiling beam by its 10-link chain (0.53ml.), a potential key to it was located nearby.
The mechanism is cylindrical, around 1kg in weight and of metal: it has further bands of bronze attached to the exterior. The interior was divided into 2, with 3 cogged wheels of iron set on a pin and a further ovoid plate.