Lyman Allyn Art Museum, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Ballard and the Ocean Exploration Trust, presents Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World (July 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015).
July 15, 2014
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
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Lost at Sea: Shipwrecks of the Ancient World will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum from July 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015. The exhibition explores cultural treasures of the deep seas and features artifacts discovered by underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard and his team.
Driven by the desire to explore, trade, and conquer new lands, mariners of the ancient world sailed the waters of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, spreading their cultures and their wares, laying the groundwork of Western civilization. Often these daring mariners never reached their destination, their ships falling victim to storms, pirates, or warfare. These cultural and historical goldmines remained lost at sea until modern day explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, and his team of researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus, located them in deep waters using state-of-the art robotic technology, the same technology his team developed and used to find the RMS Titanic and other sunken vessels. This exhibit presents the fascinating story of ancient shipwrecks, their recent discovery and what we can learn about the people who sailed them. Glassware, tools, pottery and other beautifully preserved artifacts, along with stunning underwater video of their discovery, are among the highlights of the exhibit. Visitors will be able to interact with a live feed of expeditions currently underway and have the opportunity to ask questions of researchers in real time.