10.01.2012 - 10.01.2012
The Archaeological Museum of Athens houses some of Greece's, and in deed the world's oldest and arguably most interesting artefacts. Tom was especially excited because it is this museum that houses the so called Antikythera mechanism, a clockwork astronomical computer manufactured sometime between 400-100 BC; perhaps the oldest known analog computer and a piece piece of fine mechanical engineering unrivalled in the West until the Victorian era. Along with the mechanism, the museum had a large collection of Mycenean artefacts circa 2000-1000 BC. Kirstie liked the resplendent and highly elaborate gold necklaces, of which there were many. Indeed, Homer was not far wrong in calling the Mycenean lands "rich in gold", as almost all of the artefacts were solid gold, from funeral masks (including the famous mask of Agamemnon) to diadems and daggers. To Kirstie's delight there were also two mummies from around 300 BC although these were part of the Hellenistic Egyptian collection. Snubbing the overpriced museum cafe, we walked down to Plaka and stumbled across a number of antique dealers with some seriously cool treasure. Easily passing our time in the antiques stores, we returned to the first restaurant we ate at and enjoyed a nice meal despite what we found to be an amusingly bad level of service.