The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is pleased to announce the extension until 5 March of the exhibition “The Antikythera Shipwreck – New archaeological discoveries” due to the audience’s continuous interest. More than 3500 visitors have already come to our Historical Library, where the exhibition is hosted, while 150 students are visiting it daily following the Foundation’s educational programs.
The exhibition presents to the public for the first time 30 new findings from the underwater archaeological survey at the renowned Antikythera Shipwreck during the periods 2014-2016. The new research is conducted by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, with the technological support of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, inaugurated the exhibition in a closed event on 2 December 2016.
Current research on the site of the most significant shipwreck in the world, which marked the birth of underwater archaeology, aims to supplement our existing knowledge on the ship itself, the particularities of which are evident in the equipment, the size of its hull, but also in its cargo. The ship sank in Antikythera around 50 BC, full of treasures, art and technological artifacts that compose one of the richest loads of ancient times. In this particular shipwreck, where the most perfect computational mechanism of antiquity – the Antikythera Mechanism – was discovered, scientists have always used the highest diving technology available.
In the exhibition hosted by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, the public will have the opportunity to see, among other items, the gold ring from the first excavating period of 2016, two bronze spears (parts of statues that have not yet been found), intact pottery, fragments of precious glass vases, and objects of everyday life used by the crew and passengers of the ship during the endless hours of travel. Other interesting and unique parts of the ship equipment, as well as a piece of the wooden hull of the ship, shown for the first time, will also be exhibited. Part of the material will be kept in freshwater reservoirs during the exhibition, as it is still being treated by conservators.
A most unique finding, parts of a human skeleton, was discovered during the most recent excavation in September 2016 and it was presented for a short period due to the fragility of the material. This finding is listed among the 10 most important archaeological discoveries for 2016, according to the american magazine “Archaeology”, as these human remains are the first to find since the establishment of the genetic analysis DNA process, 40 years ago. With the help of modern technology, it is now possible to trace the origin of the lead and wooden structure of the ship, which is particularly important in understanding and enriching our knowledge of the shipwreck.
Audiovisual material (videos, digital 3D models of other findings, photographs, drawings) will complement the exhibit, aiming to draw briefly a complete picture of the shipwreck and of the current research.
until 5 March 2017
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation Historical Library
2nd Merarchias 36 & Aktis Moutsopoulou, Piraeus
Tel.: 210 4523937, 210 42 97 540-2 (secretary)
Monday to Friday 10.00 – 16.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 13.00
* The exhibition will remain closed 25-27/2