While preparing another entry on freeware and archaeology I decided to take some time off and present you with another awesome research project: the Lechaion Harbour Project. The great thing about projects that are not only fantastic but that also devote a great, and very necessary, effort on public outreach is that you do not need to work a lot for your entry blog. Why should you, if they provide us all with incredible and very informative videos and pictures?! It is for this reason that I will include but a brief text and comments on what to look for on the videos they have uploaded. But no worries, because at the end of this post you could find all the links I know to their resources.
The project is a joint effort between the University of Copenhagen and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, plus the support of the Carlsberg Foundation. In three seasons they have explored the outer and inner areas of the harbour, delineating several canals and four harbour basins. Following this paragraph you can find two videos on the activities of the project. If you are not familiar with underwater archaeology, I suggest you to pay close attention to a couple of curious things. One, for example, is that divers do not use fins. The excavation area is not very deep, and the finds are very delicate, so diving without fins is a good option that also avoids the excessive removal of sand from the bottom. Remember that in any underwater archaeological project you always have safety divers checking that everything is going well. Another thing that perhaps does not call your attention but that it is extremely spectacular is how well preserved wood is. Can you see the length of the pieces preserved in those caissons? Spectacular, especially considering the coastal conditions of the area where they are located.
Please be sure to check all the digital resources listed below and “like” their Facebook page to stay tuned with this project… they always upload frequent updates and astonishing pictures!
Article on Archaeology Magazine:
Article on University of Copenhagen:
Article on Futurity: