"THE ANTIKYTHERA SHIPWRECK The ship - the treasures - the Mechanism”

Source - http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/gallery/2013/mar/18/antikythera-shipwreck-treasures-in-pictures

Divers explored an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera and artefacts from the site are on show in the Antikythera Shipwreck exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens


Theotokis Theodoulou, of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, dives 60 metres down Antikythera’s steep underwater cliffs towards the wreck site - Photograph: Alexandros Sotiriou/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities /WHOI


Theotokis Theodoulou examines the ship’s lead anchor stock, about 1.4 metres long and weighing close to 200kg. It is now being restored by the Ephorate, before being added to the Antikythera Shipwreck exhibition  - Photograph: Alexandros Sotiriou/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities /WHOI


After 2,000 years underwater, it’s not always easy to tell ancient artefacts from the rocks that surround them. Philip Short scrutinises the wreck site with a video camera, metal detector and lights - Photograph: Alexandros Sotiriou/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities /WHOI


Philip Short and Alexandros Sotiriou raise an intact amphora – an ancient container – from the wreck. It dates from the first century BC and matches those salvaged by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970s - Photograph: Alexandros Sotiriou/Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities /WHOI


A Hermes statue recovered from the Antikythera shipwreck on show at National Archaeological Museum in Athens  - Photograph: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/Corbis


More exhibits in the Antikythera Shipwreck exhibition - Photograph: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/Corbis


Bronze statue of a young man from the Antikythera shipwreck  - Photograph: Alamy


The famous 'Antikythera mechanism' is the earliest preserved portable astronomical calculator  - Photograph: Aristidis Vafeiadakis/Corbis


Another reconstruction of the Antikythera mechanism. It consists of at least 29 gears of various sizes that were made to move simultaneously via a handle. Among them is a differential gear. According to scholars, it is an astronomical instrument of great precision  - Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images