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Antikythera Mechanism Remains in Greece

The decision not to take the exhibition to Switzerland was made by the Archaeological Council because of the ancient mechanism's fragile state and its major importance for archaeology.

The ancient and world-renowned Antikythera Mechanism, also dubbed the world's first analog computer, will stay in Greece and not travel to Switzerland to be exhibited in the Basel Archaeological Museum as part of the National Archaeological Museum's “The Antikythera Shipwreck” temporary exhibition, it was announced on Wednesday.

The decision was made by the Central Archaeological Council because of the ancient mechanism's fragile state and its major importance for archeology.

A total of 323 ancient objects will travel to Basel in the fall of 2015, while a hologram presentation will replace the actual Antikythera Mechanism.

The exhibition will also feature 42 ancient coins from the Numismatic Museum in Athens, two bronze statuettes from the National Archaeological Museum, part of the hull of the Antikythera shipwreck and an anchor that was pulled up from the bottom of the sea in 2012.