The Getty Villa
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

 
Of the estimated one million ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea, the Antikythera is one of the most remarkable. First discovered by sponge divers in 1900, after two thousand years on the sea floor near the island of Antikythera, northwest of Crete, the ship's spectacular cargo included dozens of marble and bronze statues, jewelry and luxury goods, and an analog-geared device that is known today as the Antikythera Mechanism, often considered the world's first computer. Project co-director Brendan Foley of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute presents the latest discoveries from recent excavations conducted with colleagues from the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities. Using advanced submersible robotics, technical diving methods, and the latest laboratory analyses, Foley shares findings that overturn conventional wisdom about the vessel and portray a calamity akin to the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

About Brendan Foley
Brendan Foley is the maritime archaeologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He earned his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds Masters degrees in archaeology from Southampton University, England, and in economic history from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts. He specializes in applying advanced technologies to archaeology. Since 2001 he has partnered with the Greek Ministry of Culture to document dozens of ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea. His interdisciplinary team pioneered Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and technical diving methods for archaeology, and developed a technique to extract trace DNA from empty transport jars on shipwrecks. The team is now excavating the famous Antikythera Shipwreck.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 2:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Museum Store is open until 5:00 p.m.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.