Antikythera Wreck Artifacts Travel to China for Beijing Exhibition

The delicate Antikythira mechanism — an ancient computer — will remain in Greece.

Greece’s archaeological council has approved an exhibition of the Antikythera wreck artifacts in Beijing’s Palace Museum, located the Forbidden City section of the Chinese capital.

The exhibition of more than 300 artifacts, including statues, coins and vases will be held between September and December.

However, the jewel of the artifacts, the Antikythira mechanism — an ancient computer — will remain in Greece as archaeologists decided it is too delicate to be moved.

Although the artifact was recovered back in 1901, recent technological advances have helped archaeologists learn even more about the ancient Greek analog computer that is over 2,100 years old and is believed to be the earliest surviving mechanical computing device.

Originally found in the remains of a shipwrecked ancient merchant ship believed to have sunk between 150-70 BC, the artifact was layered in mud and thought to have been of little importance compared to the statues, jewelry and coins that were discovered.

The machine could be used to track and predict where the planets were, understand lunar and solar eclipses, and count towards the next Olympic Games.

But its uses were various –- it might also have been used for unknown forms of mapping and navigation.