Byzantine "iPad" found during Theodosius Port dig

A discovery of an ancient "iPad," aboard one of 37 sunken ships found in the Theodosius Port on the European side of the Bosphorus, has delighted experts. The 9th century wooden object, they say, "is the ancient equivalent of a tablet computer. The device was a notebook and tool — in one." (photos)

The finely-carved object, which is the size of a modern tablet, consists of "a set of five overlaid rectangular panels carved with frames and covered with wax" for taking notes. A bottom panel slides aside to reveal carved compartments. "When you draw the sliding part, there are small weights used as an assay balance," Ufuk Kocabaş, director of Istanbul University’s department of marine archeology and the Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, told Hurriyet Daily News.