for Primary and Secondary Education pupils
April 24, 2012 – April 28, 2013
The Department of Public Relations, Documentary, Publications & Educational Programmes of the National Archaeological Museum in the context of the Temporary Exhibition “The Antikythera Shipwreck. The Ship – the Treasures – the Mechanism”, designed two Educational Programmes entitled:
…Thirty fathoms under the sea”
The Educational Programmes were created and will be offered, thanks to the kind sponsorship of Alpha Bank. They will be conducted from April 24, 2012 until April 28, 2013 and they are addressed to:

• fourth and
• fifth-year primary school pupils,
• and to first and second-year high school pupils.

The programmes focus to the young visitors’ knowledge and appreciation of the value of the archaeological treasures hidden at the sea-bottom and especially those of the Antikythera Shipwreck, as well as of the science of the Underwater Archaeology. Based on the 378 exhibits of the Exhibition, the educational activities will utilise all sections and also the audiovisual media that support it.

The children will travel to the world of the 1st century B.C. and will learn about the social organization, the culture, the economy and the development of the maritime trade at the end of the Hellenistic and the Roman Republic period. The interaction will help pupils become aware of the artistic value of the Shipwreck’s artifacts and the aesthetic taste of the Roman aristocracy, and also understand the reasons for the commerce of works of Greek art at that historical period.

On the other hand, young visitors will discover aspects of life of the ancient merchant ships and will see the transport amphorae, the most common type of commercial vase in antiquity, a trade-mark to underwater investigation for the existence of an ancient shipwreck.

Through the first section of the Exhibition, which presents the research of the years 1900 and 1976, children realize that the recovery was the first large-scale archaeological underwater enterprise worldwide. The pupils will have the chance to know the basic methods of the Underwater Archaeology and to understand the value of the discovery of the Antikythera Shipwreck, which inaugurated this science.

Particular mention will be in the Antikythera Mechanism, the most important find of the Wreck. The children will get familiar with the Mechanism and through research activities and observation of its models, will try to comprehend its operation and to ascertain the development of the technology, engineering, astronomy, mathematics and geometry by the Greeks in antiquity. These activities will be complemented by watching a 3D film, dedicated to the Mechanism, which is shown in the Exhibition.

The Educational Programmes are accompanied by leaflets especially designed for each educational level. The conversation with the pupils will be conducted in a specially designed area, adjacent to the Exhibition galleries; with the assistance of appropriate teaching aids the young visitor will experience an» immersion”.

At the end, the pupils will have the opportunity to write down their thoughts and experience gained from the programme, thus, composing a set of messages in a glass bottle, which will travel mentally to Antikythera.

Programmes conducted between: April 24, 2012 - April 28, 2013

Programme duration: 2 hours

Programmes conducted at: 10:00 -12:00

Participation is free Telephone contact is required.

Programme Coordinator: Ms Nikoleta Xydea, Archaeologist

Contact telephone numbers: 0030 213 2144837

Fax: 0030 210 821 3573

Contact days and hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 -16:30


Sponsor of the Educational Programmes: