Deep-Sea Archaeology in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus.
Oil and Gas, Deep-Seas, Maritime Archaeology, Exclusive Economic Zone, Cyprus, eastern Mediterranean, hydrography
My on-going DPhil project intends to demonstrate that it is possible to conduct research, and hence disclose new and unpublished information regarding Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) in the deep seas, by taking advantage of datasets (both geophysical and archaeological) produced by the oil and gas industry and other commercial sector companies. The study has contributed to the development of a (geo)database of 1,7TB, and includes data on 7 shipwreck sites and more than 300 scatters amphorae, of which 3 wrecks (currently unpublished) were discovered during the course of oil and gas explorations. The study seeks to highlight that deep-sea archaeology is protected both under international and national frameworks. Because of these frameworks, I am arguing that it is up to academics and the environmental consulting industry to ensure that the adequate protection, preservation by record and reporting of deep-sea archaeology is achieved. In effect, the study seeks to evaluate the legal frameworks which foresee the protection of archaeology in the deep seas; the mapping and analysis of all archaeological sites discovered in the open waters of Cyprus; and lastly to make policy recommendations which will ensure the effective preservation by record of UCH to standards adequate for academic research.
Honor Frost Foundation Scholar https://honorfrostfoundation.org/2019/10/10/achilleas-iasonos-2019/
A.G. Leventis Foundation Scholar http://www.leventisfoundation.org/en/
Athanasios Ktorides Foundation Scholar https://www.ktoridesfoundation.org/