Submerged Cultural Resource Discoveries in Albania: Surveys of Ancient Shipwreck Sites

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Submerged Cultural Resource Discoveries in Albania: Surveys of Ancient Shipwreck Sites

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Title: Submerged Cultural Resource Discoveries in Albania: Surveys of Ancient Shipwreck Sites
Author: Smith, DM
Abstract: In August 2008, research teams representing the Waitt Institute for Discovery, RPM Nautical Foundation, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, and the Albanian Institute of Archaeology conducted diving surveys of a 2300 yo (3rd century BCE) shipwreck site near the town of Butrint in Albania. The site included dozens of artifacts, many of which were surveyed and recorded to construct detailed layouts of the area for possible future excavation and preservation. The number and duration of dives, as well as the wreck site being in approximately 30 m of water, made the use of nitrox gas mixtures necessary despite the limitations of working in a remote foreign setting. Portable hyperbaric recompression was also a consideration as the closest facility is six to eight hours away in Italy. Future plans for this project include a field school for the university students in the capital city of Tirana and other international students in archaeological and education programs. Continued site preservation and artifact excavation will also benefit the conservation and protection efforts of the Albanian government.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10124
Date: 2009

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