Aim of the project, directed by Carlo Beltrame of the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici of the Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice and made in collaboration with the Soprintendenza del Mare and the Università IUAV of Venice, is the study of the characteristics of the ships carrying big marbles blocks in Roman time and the identification of the marbles transported through the documentation and the study of the Isola delle Correnti shipwreck (Sicily) as an important step of a larger project (The marble routes) on other cargos, of Calabria and Sicily.
The Isola delle Correnti shipwreck has been preliminary dated between the 3rd and the 4th century AD. The presumed weight of the cargo is 350 tons that is, together with Punta Scifo D, one of the heaviest of the Ancient Mediterranean. Because only a plan of the site, made by G. Kapitaen in the 1961, is available, we will document it with a photogrammetrical technique to make a 3D model. Sampling will allow to make analysis of the marble which nature is still unknown.
Dimensional data acquired by archaeologists (with prof. Francesco Guerra’s, from IUAV, advise) will be processed with the help of Simone Parizzi (naval engeneer) while the archaeometrical data from the marbles will be interpreted by Lorenzo Lazzarini (IUAV) to reconstruct the route of the ships.
The project is an opportunity not only of knowledge, but also of valorization of an underwater heritage which could be visited, without any risk of looting, by amateur divers.