Development of tools and techniques to Survey, Assess, Stabilise, Monitor And Preserve underwater archaeological sites (SASMAP) is a three year project (2012-2015) funded by the EU FP7 framework and involves 11 partners from seven European countries.


SASMAP’s purpose is to develop new technologies and best practices in order to locate, assess and manage Europe’s underwater cultural heritage.


The first year of the project has involved intensive collection of remote sensing and geophysical data to facilitate the location and mapping of underwater sites.


Furthermore, tools to assess the environment and its effects on organic archaeological materials along with methods to protect archaeological materials both in situ and during excavation have all been under development in the first year of the project.


The progress of the project can be read about in the report available here on the projects home page. 


Status of the project October 2013