New Technologies for the study, conservation and management of the underwater cultural heritage situated within the “Stagnone of Marsala” in Trapani
In ancient times, the area around present-day Marsala (ancient Lilybaeum) was witness to intensive maritime traffic. This is witnessed by the collection of artefacts gathered over the past decades from the waters surrounding this ancient town and now on display at the Museo Anselmi.
The jewel in this collection is the Punic shipwreck excavated by Honor Frost in the 1970s. This project envisages an intensive survey of one of the most important stretches of sea off the island of Sicily.
Significant not just because of its location on major maritime routes but mainly because of the presence of Motzia, that all-important island that was the hub of Punic naval and commercial power in the centre of the Mediterranean.
It is envisaged that this project will map the sediments within the seafloor in close proximity to Motzia so as potential submerged archaeological remains are discovered, documented and mapped.
On the basis if such data local authorities will be able to take informed decisions as to the management of the area’s underwater cultural heritage. I intend to use this project to build on the vision that Ms Frost held for this area – a vision of blending research with outreach and museum studies.