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Survey off Kyra Panagia and Peristera: A Brief Report
Translated by Lucie Vidličková
Edited by Kristian L. Lorenzo

In the search for wrecks located in shallower waters within diving limits, experienced divers and diving archaeologists used Pegasus Thrusters to survey a larger area in less time. For deeper waters (up to 100 m) they used an AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) Remus 100 with attached side-scan sonar and video camera.

The application of these methods in the area off Kyra Panagia and Peristera lead to the rediscovery of a Byzantine shipwreck with its cargo lying at a depth of 17-42 m. One amphora was raised and a sample of material from its inner walls was extracted. This sample was sent to the biological laboratory of Lund University in Sweden for DNA analysis, where tests should reveal the original contents.*

EMMAF is preparing to bring you more news and an interview with Greg Packard from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the man responsible for the AUV Remus 100. If you have any questions or you want to address Greg and learn more about deep water methods, please send your questions to: info@emmaf.org. We will publish Interesting questions together with the sender’s name in an upcoming interview with Greg.

*For further information concerning the reliability of DNA analysis when applied to the contents of ancient amphorae, see: Hansson, M.C. and B.P. Foley. 2008. “Ancient DNA fragments inside Classical Greek amphoras reveal cargo of 2400-year-old shipwreck.” JAS 35: 1169-76.