The Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) of the University of Cyprus (Department of History and Archaeology) was founded in 2011, aiming to serve as a dynamic venue of research on maritime archaeology. In all MARELab projects, on land and underwater, particular emphasis is given to the implementation of digital methods for data recording and mapping, both as integral part of the fieldwork documentation and as tools for archaeological interpretation. Thus far, two funded research programmes have been successfully completed: (i) Sailing in Cyprus through the Ages, a digital documentation of the nautical landscape of Cyprus in antiquity, and (ii) KARAVOI, Mapping, Documentation and Digitisation of the Ship Graffiti on the Medieval and post-Medieval Monuments of Cyprus.
Training and Public awareness are also among MARELab’s priorities. To these ends, a series of field schools for divers and archaeologists, entitled Training the Next Generation, have been organised in collaboration with Nautical Archaeological Society, with the support of the Honor Frost Foundation. See these reports under Cyprus Capacity Building. Keep up to date with the Cyprus Underwater Archaeology Fieldschool Blog. Moreover, the Lab is also a partner of the on going EU project iMARECULTURE: Advanced VR, iMmersive serious games and Augmented REality as tools to raise awareness and access to European underwater CULTURal heritagE. (Horizon 2020 – CULT-COOP-08-2016 (2016 – 2019).
MARELab is the only institution in Cyprus, thus far, able to conduct underwater archaeological investigations: two full excavation projects (the Mazotos Shipwreck and the Nissia Shipwreck) are currently on going, both with the generous support of the Honor Frost Foundation, whereas smaller field projects have been undertaken along the Cypriot coasts by research students of the University of Cyprus, as part of their MA thesis. In parallel, the MARELab team has conducted reconnaissance surveys prior to construction works, in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.
MARELab is also co-hosting with the University of Southampton, UK, the forthcoming HFF funded conference of ‘Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology’ in Nicosia October 20th-23rd 2017
The Mazotos Shipwreck Project
The fourth full excavation season of the Mazotos shipwreck, Cyprus, was successfully completed after four weeks in the field (20 August– 20 September 2016). The fieldwork was conducted by the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) of the University of Cyprus, under the direction of Dr Stella Demesticha, Associate Professor in the Department of History and […]
The fourth full excavation season of the Mazotos shipwreck, Cyprus, was successfully completed last October, after 4 weeks in the field (03–31.10.2015). The fieldwork was conducted by the Maritime Archaeological Research Laboratory (MARELab) of the University of Cyprus, under the direction of Dr Stella Demesticha, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, in […]
The Mazotos shipwreck is a very typical example of a well-preserved ancient wreck site, dated to the third quarter of the fourth century BC. It consists of a concentration of 500-800 amphorae that seemingly preserve the shape of the hull, lying on a sandy, flat seabed. Since 2007, the University of Cyprus, in collaboration with […]
The Excavation of the Nissia Shipwreck
The history of the shipwreck The shipwreck was known among divers since 1980s, when diving activity started to develop in the area. However, the official report at the Department of Antiquities (DoA) was made in 1992. Since then, several attempts have been made to survey the site, with no follow up: In 1994, a team […]
Ancient shipwreck sites are the most thoroughly studied type of maritime antiquities. Their particularities have formed a unitary methodology in shipwreck archaeological research. Management initiatives undertaken since the 1970s fell within the wider context of management of underwater cultural heritage, with emphasis on their common underwater environment of deposition. The actions developed concern the legislative […]