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Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation to Host Antikythera Shipwreck Finds

antikythera-shipwreck_exhibitionThe Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in Piraeus will be hosting “The Antikythera Shipwreck – New Archaeological Discoveries” exhibit featuring for the first time to the public the finds uncovered at the 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera.

The show, to run from December 3 to January 15, will be inaugurated on December 2 by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

The relics and artefacts which came to light during the 2014-2016 underwater archaeological survey conducted by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution include skeletal remains of a ship passenger, a gold ring, two bronze spears, clay pottery, fragments of precious glass vessels and objects for everyday use as well as parts of the ship. Audiovisual material including videos, digital 3D models, photographs and drawings will complement the exhibit.

The Antikythera shipwreck dates back to the 1st century BC and was initially discovered by Greek sponge divers. The wreck, which has yielded numerous statues, coins and other artifacts as well as a device considered to be the world’s oldest known analog computer – the Antikythera Mechanism – is believed to have marked the birth of underwater archaeology.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, weekends 10am-1pm. Admission is free.

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