TEchnological Consortium TO develop sustaiNabIlity of underwater Cultural heritage, Research Executive Agency (European Commission) RISE
Documentation and conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage are crucial to preserving humankind’s history and traditions, safeguarding tangible testimonies of past human life while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations. However, operating on the Underwater Cultural Heritage is much more difficult than subaerial Cultural Heritage, for many reasons. From the beginning of underwater archaeology and the related studies, scientists and researchers have been facing common and considerable challenges:
The preservation, conservation or restoration of underwater archaeological sites requires the adoption of sustainable and affordable solutions aiming primarily at preserving them in situ as well as increasing their knowledge.
This creates several research challenges that are intrinsical interdisciplinary because they involve strict collaboration among various experts from different sectors like archaeology, geology, biology, marine science, engineering, robotics, computer science and a lot of other disciplines.
Indeed, this is the overall aim of the TECTONIC project: to promote an intersectoral collaboration between academic and non-academic professionals working in these different topics and support the exchange of skill and expertise between them, to implement, improve and assess innovative materials, techniques, tools, and methodologies for the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
To achieve its overall aim, the TECTONIC project will undertake innovation and development activities, driven by the following objectives:
All the exchanges will be supported by specific training programs and in-lab and on-the-field activities. They will be devoted to stimulating new ideas that would bring to the development of new marketable products by capitalizing on the research results that will be achieved in the project, creating a link between business, research, and higher education.
The selected Greek pilot site is the submerged ancient harbor of Aegina, located in Saronic Gulf, an ideal natural laboratory to perform the TECTONIC Project objectives.
The pilot site selected in Southern Italy is the Marine Protected Area “Capo Rizzuto” (Crotone), instituted in 1991 and located in the Ionian Sea.
Puerto Deseado, Argentina
The shipwreck site of the historic steamer Magallanes, built in Scotland in 1880 and wrecked in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean in 1887, will constitute the pilot site for Argentina.