The Antikythera Shipwreck: Greek Art, Technology and Trade with Dr. Helena Meskanen - Context Travel

The Antikythera Shipwreck: Greek Art, Technology and Trade with Dr. Helena Meskanen


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Diverted from their intended route by bad weather, a group of sponge divers happened upon an ancient shipwreck just off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900. What was left of the ship was a large number of statues, luxury items, and everyday objects, as well as the enigmatic Antikythera mechanism. Join this Conversation to learn about one of the most famous shipwrecks in history, and what the discoveries made there can tell us about the people on the ship, and the trade in goods around the Mediterranean.

The excavations at the shipwreck site since its discovery over a century ago have uncovered extraordinary archaeological objects. Bronze statues are quite a rare find on land, but the remote location of the shipwreck has preserved numerous pieces for us to study. The marble statues found here show the power of the Mediterranean Sea in the way the exposed parts of them have eroded, while parts buried in the seafloor look nearly as good as new. The everyday objects and some human remains tell us about the people onboard and the disaster that took their lives. But the most famous find from the wreck site was only identified a few years later when a badly corroded bronze lump was studied in more detail. It appeared to be a mechanism for calculating astronomical events and religious festivals. We will discuss the workings of the Antikythera mechanism and its significance for our understanding of ancient technology.

Led by an expert on Greek archaeology, Dr. Helena Meskanen, this interactive seminar will offer a deep dive into the greatest Greek underwater archaeological site. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of ancient trade, technology, and the unique challenges and possibilities of underwater archaeology.

Please note: this conversation will not be recorded. Access to a recording is not possible.

Dr. Helena Meskanen is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Greece, with research focusing on ancient Spartan religion. She has been leading tours of the British Museum for 3 years and feels passionate about the wide range of objects on display, and the stories they tell about the museum and the cultures that created them.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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L.H.
Fascinating topic, excellent presenter

Very interesting indeed. As always with this speaker - well organised and full of detail without getting too deep for a non-specialist audience. Recommended!

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J.

Another highly informative and enjoyable class with Helena. In this class she mastered very unique technology and made it somewhat comprehensible , to me at least.She's one of Context's very best presenters.

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L.H.
Fascinating topic, excellent presenter

Very interesting indeed. As always with this speaker - well organised and full of detail without getting too deep for a non-specialist audience. Recommended!

J
J.

Another highly informative and enjoyable class with Helena. In this class she mastered very unique technology and made it somewhat comprehensible , to me at least.She's one of Context's very best presenters.