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Sasmap at sea

SASMAP report on meeting of wp 6 in baiae january 2013

SASMAP started in September 2012 to develop new technologies and best practices in order to locate, assess and manage Europe’s underwater cultural heritage in a more effective way than is possible today.

David Gregory recieves poster prize

Poster on SASMAP Project wins best prize at EuroMed 2012 conference

David Gregory presented an overview of SASMAP on behalf of the consortium at the recent EuroMed 2012 conference on cultural heritage projects within Europe. The conference was held in Cyprus between the 29th of October and 3rd November with 400 delegates and over 200 presentations. The presentation can be downloaded here and the full conference proceedings can be obtained from Springer.

As part of the presentation of the project, a poster was prepared and out of the over 70 posters the judging committee awarded this the best poster of the conference. Marinos Ioannides, the conference organiser, presented David with a certificate and plaque to commemorate this

SASMAP Starts!

Following the successful application and contract negotiations with the EC, SASMAP started on September 1st 2012.  The projects kick off meeting was held in Brussels, at the request of the Commission, on the 27th and 28th of September.  The two day meeting finally brought the partners together to meet face to face and start planning the logistics of the first phases of research.

SASMAP

SASMAP’s purpose is to develop new technologies and best practices in order to locate, assess and manage Europe’s underwater cultural heritage in a more effective way than is possible today. SASMAP will take holisticand process- based approaches to investigate underwater environments and the archaeological sites contained therein.

 

SASMAP will benefit the management of underwater cultural heritage in Europe and in the rest of the world by providing valuable tools to plan the preservation of offshore archaeological sites and their contents in accordance with both the Treaty of Valletta (1992) and research driven investigations. The need for SASMAP is based on the results from previous and current EU initiatives, the networks resulting from these projects and on-going research at the consortium’s institutions. Within SASMAP a holistic approach will be taken to locating, assessing, monitoring and safeguarding underwater cultural heritage.

 

This will involve developing and utilising tools and technologies to allow “down-scaling” from the large scale regional level, moving on to the local site level and finally to the individual components of a site. Results obtained from the down-scaling approach at the proposed study areas will show the effectiveness of such an approach for locating and detailed mapping of archaeological sites and their preservation potential. The end results of this approach will be used to develop a plan for assessing archaeological sites in European waters. From a management point of view this is an up-scaling approach to planning (bottom up). All information and experiences obtained during the course of the project will be utilised to enhance and develop existing legislation and best practice for mapping and preserving Europe’s underwater and coastal heritage.

Poster presented at EuroMed 2012 conference.