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Basic underwater archaeology course and archaeological excavation at the site Barbir in Sukošan 2020


During the period from 7th to 18th September 2020, the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar organized a Basic underwater archaeology course as part of the archaeological research of the Roman port of Sukošan at the site Barbir. A two-week course participants - Panas Karampampas (Greece), Cristina Gonzalez Esteban (Spain), Catherine May King (Philippines/Germany), Kruno Bogdanović (Croatia) and Mihai Duca (Romania) - had the opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge. The course consists of a theoretical and a practical part, and the goal is to gain a basic knowledge of underwater cultural heritage research techniques for young scientists from all over the world.

In the first week, the participants of the course mastered the buoyancy specialty course according to the SSI association in order to prepare well for archaeological excavations in the probes. This was preceded, of course, by daily lectures conducted by ICUA Zadar instructors and a colleague from the Han Agency in Vrana Mr. Marko Meštrov, as well as practical exercises on land and under the sea. After acquiring the skills for finding and positioning the site, a great attention was paid to the processes of documenting archaeological finds under the sea by creating a photogrammetric model of the area of interest. Also, in addition to the use of modern technologies, the students learned how to document each find and even the entire site using several fixed points, a measuring tape and a compass. The last days of the course were dedicated to the excavation at the site Barbir in Sukošan, when the course participants mastered the skills of using a water pump and the so-called mammoth suckers.

Alongside with the course, systematic archeological excavations have been carried out at the archeological site Barbir in Sukošan for the fourth year in a row. The focus of this year research was on excavating the inner part of the port, which was closed by a large pier and a slightly smaller breakwater. In addition to movable archaeological material in the form of objects that could be found on the ancient seabed due to various occasions and troubles, there were found the processed logs made of local pine which were driven vertically into the seabed.





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