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Greece, Italy collaborate to preserve ancient villa in sea bottom


Greek and Italian archaeologists are collaborating on a program to preserve an ancient villa at the bottom of the sea of Ancient Epidaurus.

Greece, Italy collaborate to preserve ancient villa in sea bottom

The underwater conservation activities are part of a pilot training program for the conservation of marine archaeological remains, organized and executed in cooperation between the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the Italian Archaeological School in Athens.

Greece, Italy collaborate to preserve ancient villa in sea bottom
Greece, Italy collaborate to preserve ancient villa in sea bottom

The BLUEMED program is a European project and involves Cyprus, Croatia, Italy and Spain. For the first time this year, the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities will be involved in the program that started with theory (July 3-4, 2017) relating to methods for the on-site conservation of marine archaeological sites, to address bio-degradation and degradation problems and to document, restore and maintain the Underwater Cultural Heritage artefacts in the Italian Archaeological School.

Greece, Italy collaborate to preserve ancient villa in sea bottom

The project is to conserve a section of a sunken Roman villa in the Ancient Epidaurus sea. On site practicing took place on July 5-7, 2017 at the ancient archaeological site of the “Sunken State” in Ancient Epidaurus.

Photos courtesy Greek Ministry of Culture.

Author: Philip Chrysopoulos | Source: Greek Reporter [July 11, 2017]
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