Free tours to the world-famous Antikythira shipwreck at Aik. Laskaridis Foundation

Τhe Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which has been hosting the most recent findings from the underwater archaeological excavations of the world-famous Antikythira shipwreck, will offer free tours of the show every weekend until March 18, it said on Friday.

“The Antikythira Shipweck: The Adventure Continues”, which opened at the foundation in December 2017, is also open to the public on a daily basis for free. Tours will be offered at 12:00 and 13:00 every Saturday and Sunday, and reservation is not necessary.

The exhibit is shown in collaboration with the Ephorate of Underwater Archaeology and its programme “Return to Antikythira”. It will include a total of 37 objects from excavations between 2014 to 2017, as well as explanatory videos.

Objects include pieces of bronze statues, parts of elaborate furniture, glass vessels, a bronze disc depicting a bull of unknown purpose, and a gold ring, many shown still lying their desalinisation tanks. Also included is the excavation diary of the archaeologist who supervised the 1976 survey by French oceanologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Greek archaeologists, Lazaros Kolonas.

The shipwreck, which sank off the island of Antikythira in southern Greece in the 1st century BC, carried a unique cargo of world-renowned works of ancient art and technology, including the statue “The Youth of Antikythira” and the Antikythira Mechanism. The ship itself has also provided a wealth of information on shipbuilding methods in antiquity.

Info: Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, 36 Defteras (2as) Merarchias & Aktis Moutsopoulou, Piraeus, tel.: 210 4523-937, 4297540-2.

Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30-14:30. Tours: Saturday-Sunday, 12:00 and 13:00. Reservations not necessary. To March 18.

All entrance free to the public.