Just offshore from a complex of Late Cypriot coastal buildings at Maroni-Tsaroukkas, Cyprus, (situated on the south-central coastline) is a Late Bronze Age (LBA) anchorage. An underwater survey conducted in this area in the 1990s, discovered fifty stone anchors within 300m of the current coastline, in close proximity to Late Cypriot pottery. While an accurate and comprehensive survey was not possible then given the available technology, development in survey methodologies and technologies today permit a thorough investigation.
This project aims to accurately survey the anchorage at Maroni-Tsaroukkas, thereby advancing our overall understanding of LBA maritime exchange networks in Cyprus. In addition to the anchors, preliminary survey in 2014 has identified the presence of large squared blocks, several of which are in excess of one ton. In order to identify the physical extent of the LBA anchorage and assess the significance of these squared blocks, this project will focus on developing and utilizing low-cost technologies in 3D mapping for underwater survey. Furthermore, with remains found at a shallow depth (max. 12m), this project will also train students in operating towed devices, implementing photogrammetric recording methodologies, and documenting materials through traditional recording methodologies.