The Society for the Documentation of Submerged Sites
Discover how and where SDSS is supporting researchers and Public Institutions to study, document,
and conserve the underwater cultural heritage.
THE BATTLE OF CONVOYS
During WW2 the Central Mediterranean sea was the theater of a long and dramatic fight between the Italo-German and the British Commonwealth naval and air forces. The three-years-long struggle was aimed at both parts in ensuring their lines of traffic and in contrasting that of the enemies. Dozen of ships and hundreds of aircraft were sunk during 38 months of uninterrupted fightings.
THE BATTLE OF THE EGADI
The Battle of the Aegates was a naval battle fought on 10 March 241 b.C. between the fleets of Carthage and Rome during the First Punic War. It took place among the Aegates islands, off the western coast of Sicily. It was the decisive engagement that ended a 23 year-long War and it gave to Rome the supremacy on the Mediterranean Sea.
PANTELLERIA THE CONVOY
Something quite big must have happened along the NE coast of Pantelleria island 2200 years ago. The seafloor of the are between Gadir and Tramontana coves, a little more than a mile of coast, was litteraly covered by archaeological remains. Until the 60’s the coastal shallow waters were carpeted with Carthaginians amphorae.
AEOLIAN ISLANDS SHIPWRECK
The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands in the South Tyrrhenian Sea figured prominently in ancient civilization. Their strategical position was contented by the central cultures of ancient times, and their waters were central to merchant traffics, piracy, and naval warfares. The seafloor of the archipelago is rich in distinctive remains of the ancient maritime activity.
In 2019 an ancient shipwreck was found near Siracusa, in south-east Sicily, holding a cargo of undreds of jars and amphorae. A first analysis of the materials allows scientists to dates VI-X CC.E. If the hypothesis will be confirmed, the find would be of huge importance since it would be one of the few findings of medieval wrecks in the Mediterranea Sea.
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