monitor '01

aegean '01

hunley '01

defence '00

black sea '00

black sea '99

ashkelon '99

black sea '98

midway '98

skerki '97




Expeditions put DeepArch researchers and students to the test, putting theoretical research and laboratory experiments through practical experiments. Members go to sea every year to participate in a wide variety of projects, as we test, demonstrate, and improve our systems and techniques. Past projects include the discovery of ancient shipwrecks on Skerki Bank; subbottom investigations of Phoenician shipwrecks off Ashkelon, Israel; remote sensing surveys in the Black Sea; acoustic investigation of the CSS Hunley; and surveys of the USS Monitor. Each project teaches us something new about our instruments and methods, and we look forward to further development through sea trials.

Below are several recent and upcoming projects. Click on the links to the left to learn more about the expeditions that we have taken part in.


The purpose of the May 2003 expedition was to deploy a precision navigation system (EXACT) designed by DeepArch’s D. Mindell and B. Bingham, by which the DSL/WHOI AUV “SeaBED” could conduct a high-precision photomosaic survey across the site of USS MONITOR. Two EXACT transponders were deployed off the southern side of the wreck site, and during drift tests provided reliable readings for distances over 150 m. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) readings provided a map of evolving currents between the sea surface and sea bed. Weather conditions and high currents interfered with the successful deployment of SeaBED.
The operations consisted of two trips to the MONITOR Marine Sanctuary from Hatteras, NC on the R/V Cape Fear (UNC-Wilmington). DeepArch and DSL/WHOI teams were funded by NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration.


In July and August 2003 DeepArch will be part of the deep-water archaeology research expedition returning to submerged sites off the coast of Turkey (see “Black Sea ’00”). Plans to investigate several targets identified during the 2000 expedition will include studying an ancient and extraordinarily well-preserved shipwreck, and what may be an antediluvian habitation site. Deployed from the R/V KNORR, the ROV HERCULES (IFE) will be equipped with newly developed sensors and instruments (DSL/WHOI/MIT) to enable deep-water excavations.
Watch this space for updates!


In August 2003 DeepArch will participate in the second phase of the deep-water archaeology expedition begun at the Black Sea, returning to the eastern Mediterranean coast near Ashkelon to further investigate the site of an eighth century BC Phoenician shipwreck, first discovered and documented in 1999 (see “Ashkelon ’99”). DeepArch’s Mindell will deploy a new version of his high-frequency, narrow-beam sub-bottom profiler to record beneath the amphora mound and covering sediments. Excavation by means of the DSL/WHOI instruments will constitute the deepest excavation effort yet attempted following archaeological standards.
Watch this space for updates!



Deep Water Archaeology Research Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave. Rm e51-194
Cambridge, MA 02139



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