Development of Tools and Techniques to Survey, Assess, Stabilise, Monitor and Preserve Underwater Archaeological Sites

Project: Research

Project Details


SASMAP’s purpose is to develop new technologies and best practices in order to locate, assess and manage Europe’s underwater cultural
heritage in a more effective way than is possible today. SASMAP will take holistic- and process- based approaches to investigate
underwater environments and the archaeological sites contained therein.
SASMAP will benefit the management of underwater cultural heritage in Europe and in the rest of the world by providing valuable tools to
plan the preservation of offshore archaeological sites and their contents in accordance with both the Treaty of Valletta (1992) and research
driven investigations. The need for SASMAP is based on the results from previous and current EU initiatives, the networks resulting from
these projects and on-going research at the consortium’s institutions. Within SASMAP a holistic approach will be taken to locating,
assessing, monitoring and safeguarding underwater cultural heritage. This will involve developing and utilising tools and technologies to
allow “down-scaling” from the large scale regional level, moving on to the local site level and finally to the individual components of a site.
Results obtained from the down-scaling approach at the proposed study areas will show the effectiveness of such an approach for locating
and detailed mapping of archaeological sites
Effective start/end date01/10/201201/06/2017