It will be the first time that an exhibition on the most important ancient shipwreck ever found—the so-called Antikythera wreck—will take place outside of Greece. The exhibition tells the story of a ship that sank around 70 B.C. during a storm off the Island of Antikythera near Crete and highlights the objects from the ship and the history of the interdisciplinary study of the Antikythera Mechanism, the earliest preserved portable astronomical bronze calculator. The exhibition will also give an insight into the history of underwater archaeology. The SNF is supporting this exhibition.
The Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, founded in 1961, is the only Swiss Museum devoted exclusively to the ancient Mediterranean cultures. Its permanent collections consist mainly of Egyptian, Greek, Italic, Etruscan and Roman artworks, thus covering a time-period from the 4th millennium B.C. to the 6th century A.D.
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