This is a three-year (2016-2018) project of systematic underwater survey and documentation by the Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology (HIMA) in collaboration with the Ephorate for Underwater Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, having, for the first time, as main focus the Bay of Ambelaki and adjacent areas on the eastern coast of the island of Salamis in the Saronic Gulf and opposite Piraeus.
This historic bay, with many submerged ancient installations in highly polluted waters, is the commercial and arguably military harbour of the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman town of Salamis (forming an unofficial Athenian demos), certainly one of the most important harbours, next to those of Piraeus, of the city-state of Athens in the Classical period, and the plausible point of assembly of the united Greek fleet on the eve of the naval battle of 480 B.C.; and also found in close proximity with some well-known monuments to the great sea-battle, on the long promontory of Kynosoura.
This new underwater reconnaissance, in a seascape loaded with both traditional and modern portuary, ship-building and other industrial activities, will be carried out in successive stages, starting in the Autumn of 2016.
Apart from traditional methods in underwater archaeological survey, current technology in mapping, surveying, geophysical prospection, photographic documentation and other fields will be employed in collaboration with the Laboratory of Oceanography and Marine Geology of the University of Patras, Greece.
The Honor Frost Foundation has provided initial support for the 2016 season.