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Marine Archeology Web Sites

South of France: this web site, sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture, offers glimpses of many excavations of sites, wrecks, and objects from Prehistoric times until the 19th century. Have a look at the prehistoric underwater cave paintings of the Cosquer cave, with their surprising representations of the giant penguins, which inhabited the Mediterranean from the Straits of Gibraltar to southern Italy (in French only). Egypt: teams from the CNRS based at the Centre d'Etudes Alexandrines are studying the rich history of Alexandria, using both land and underwater excavations, archives, ancient maps and texts. Since 1994, submarine excavations have explored the sunken ruins at the foot of the Qaitbay Fort and wrecks of Greek and Roman ships in Alexandria Harbour. Fragments of colossal statues of three royal couples have been found along with a monumental door (site also in French). Turkey: discover the excitement of Nautical Archeology with this unique web site the Shipwrecks of Anatolia in Bodrum, Turkey. It will take you back in time to a 2,600 year-old shipwreck. Experience first hand what it means to be an underwater archeologist. See how an underwater archeology survey is conducted; experience the joys and frustrations of this discipline. Turkey's unique and spectacular underwater archeology is easily accessible to everyone through this multi-media database of the underwater sites around Anatolia.


Dive and Discover: here is an interactive distance learning Web site designed to immerse you in the excitement of discovery and exploration of the deep seafloor. Dive and Discover brings you right on board a series of research cruises and gives you access to the latest oceanographic and deep submergence research as it happens. Be at the front line of scientific inquiry and join marine scientists - geologists, geophysicists, chemists and biologist - who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing discoveries. Daily updates, photos, videos, and e-mail correspondence with scientists aboard research vessels allow you to follow the progress of the scientific missions.
Come dive with me: explore the submerged precincts of Alexandria or pick through the remains of a sunken Roman ship, all without getting your feet wet. Underwater Archeology, hosted by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, tours more than 20 archaeological sites and shipwreck expeditions in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coastline of France. Among the site's highlights are illustrated pages showing off a trove of artifacts plucked from wreaks, such as 2000-year-old amphoras. You can also take a virtual spelunking tour of the now submerged Cosquer Cave near Marseilles, which prehistoric Monets and Renoirs decorated with hundreds of images, such as penguins and pot-bellied horses. Another fascinating section traces the development of diving technology-from the Greek underwater sabotage of the Persian fleet in the 5th century B.C. to modern scuba outfits. You can also imagine yourself on the bottom of the seabed in the Rolls Royce of diving suits in the 1920's, which could give you a good dose of claustrophobia!

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