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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-30

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  • [01] PM Tsipras to inaugurate 81st TIF on Sept 10
  • [02] Second phase of 2016 Antikythera Shipwreck expedition to begin Thursday

  • [01] PM Tsipras to inaugurate 81st TIF on Sept 10

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will inaugurate the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Saturday 10 September, at 20:00, and afterwards the prime minister will address the representatives of the productive bodies at Vellidis Congress Hall.

    On Sunday 11 September, at noon, Tsipras will give a press conference.

    Main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will deliver a speech at TIF on Saturday 17 September at 20:00 at Vellidis Congress Hall and on Sunday 18 September will give a press conference.

    According to TIF schedule, the leader of Centrists Union Vassilis Leventis will give a press conference on Monday 12 September noon at pavilion 8.

    PASOK and Democratic Alliance leader Fofi Gennimata will meet with TIF board at 16:00 on Monday 12 September and at 17:00 will tour the TIF pavilion and afterwards (20:00) will address an event at Vellidis Congress Hall.

    Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos will give a press conference at Vellidis Hall on Wednesday 14 September noon while Communist Party secretary general Dimitris Koutsoumbas will give his press conference at noon on Thursday 15 September at pavilion 8.

    Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis is scheduled to give a press conference at noon on Friday 16 September at pavilion 8.

    The representative of Golden Dawn will give a press conference on Thursday at 18:00 at pavilion 8.

    [02] Second phase of 2016 Antikythera Shipwreck expedition to begin Thursday

    The second phase of the 2016 underwater excavation of the 1st century B.C. Antikythera shipwreck will begin on Thursday, the head of the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities Dr. Angeliki Simosi told the ANA on Tuesday.

    "The machines are being set up at this moment," Simosi said, while the 'Return to Antikythera' official website announced that members of the expedition are arriving on the island from various parts of the world to continue the search. The first phase of the excavation by the Greek Underwater Antiquities Ephorate and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the U.S. was conducted from May 22 until June 11, recovering a number of new finds.

    These included a second bronze spear, pieces of marble statues that included an entire left hand, the bronze-encased leg of a piece of wooden furniture, glass vases and bowls, some made of millefiori blown glass, amphorae, cups, jugs and a gold ring. Archaeologists have additionally discovered elements of the ship itself, such as nails of various sizes, resin, lead sheeting, lead pipes and a lead weight of about 100 kilos, among other finds.

    There is also convincing evidence that there is a second shipwreck on the site, including lead piping of a different diameter from the first, nails, tiles, amphorae and other vessels of a different type.

    The expedition is taking place under the aegis of President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos with the participation of archaeologists from Greece and abroad.

    First discovered by sponge divers in 1900, the shipwreck is chiefly famous for the discovery of the unique Antikythera Mechanism now on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, which has been described as an ancient 'analog' computer. More information about the expeditions, the shipwreck and the Antikythera Mechanism is available on the 'Return to Antikythera' official website ( This is currently in English, while a Greek version will be ready by December. Further information in Greek and English is available at the website και

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