The National Archeological Museum of Athens presents the Temporary Exhibition “The Antikythera Shipwreck, The Ship, the Treasures, the Mechanism,” on display until April 28, 2013. Dedicated to the shipwreck discovered off the islet of Antikythera, the exhibition presents for the first time all the finds in their context. Found by sponge divers from the island of Symi, , the recovery of the wreck was the first large-scale, successful archeological underwater enterprise worldwide. The divers from Symi, assisted by the Greek Royal Navy, retrieved many antiquities at the beginning of the 20th century, and a second attempt was undertaken by the Greek Archeological Service, supported by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the oceanographic ship, Calypso, in 1976.
finds from the Antikythera shipwreck — Photo courtesy of National Archeological Museum
The finds of the shipwreck date from the 4th to the 1st century BC, and the study of the Mechanism continues to surprise experts in ancient technology and astronomy. The exhibition is organized in four sections, dedicated to the birth of underwater archeology, the ship, its capacity and crew, the ships voyage and cargo and the Mechanism. This exquisite, unique device of mathematical and astronomical genius has created worldwide interest and all 82 surviving fragments are displayed.fragments of the Antikythera Mechanism — Photo courtesy of National Archeological Museum
The exhibition ends with the presentation of a short 3D documentary produced by Philippe Nicolet.