Well indeed! Diving it is passion! But underwater archaeology can be highly addictive once you get involved in it!
I was involved in a number of projects of underwater archaeology in Cyprus but for sure Mazotos shipwreck excavation must be on the top of my list. So when I got the chance to participate in this field school, I did not give it a second thought. Here I would like to thank Stella, NAS, Andonis and Christos for giving me this opportunity.
Getting up really early in the morning can never be easy but getting up early to take a small boat in order to have a day of diving on a 2500-year-old shipwreck, well that can make all the difference!
By now we have procedures that everybody is aware of. Filling the cylinders, monitoring the divers on their decompression stops, helping divers get in and out of water, even bringing amphorae to the surface! Being on the boat for many hours is not easy but time passes fast when you are busy!
Today we brought three more amphorae to the surface, they were cleaned and documented by taking measurements and photos, and at the end of the day we brought them to shore in order to be treated by the conservation scientists.
All teams worked in their assigned trenches, used the airlifts and brought fragments of amphorae to the surface to be documented further. It was all fun!
Using the airlift can be challenging to the mind, because once you start using it and you move a lot of sand it can be a little difficult to restrain yourself and not get too excited because you are uncovering artefacts that have been buried for two and a half thousand years.
Today everything went smoothly so we even finished a little earlier than usual, therefore we grabbed the opportunity to relax and take a small nap just before our groups met again to discuss the findings of the day.
Then we continued with Mark giving us an interesting presentation on stratigraphy and going to our usual place for having fish for dinner!
I am looking forward to continuing this quest in underwater archaeology and gain as much knowledge as possible regarding our ancestors.
Written by Demetris Touvannas