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Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: Marine Archaeology Goes High-Tech

Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck Marine Archaeology Goes High Tech Expeditions Scientific American Blog Network


Sites can now be located by quick sonar scanning of wide areas, then photographed in detail using remote underwater robots, and then completely and accurately surveyed in a brief time. And divers can go deeper and stay far longer to excavate whatever they find on the bottom. Searching for and identifying thousands of wrecks, especially those completely unknown because of their depth, may become possible not only across the Mediterranean but in all seas.

The expedition is using an array of technologies that are relatively new to marine archeology, including robotic vehicles that can produce 3D visual maps of the bottom, and scuba “rebreathers” that allow divers to safely go deeper for longer periods. The team also is using drones to take pictures of the site from the air, and it will send down a human explorer in the latest of diving suits—the space-age-looking Exosuit that can bring a human down to 1,000 feet and stay on the bottom for up to 40 hours.

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This is so very cool.

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