The International Underwater Archaeological Expedition of Sevastopol State University has been Launched in Syria

An international Russian-Syrian underwater archaeological expedition in the territorial waters of Syria was launched on the Mediterranean coast on October 20 2019.

The expedition was organized by the Center for Marine Research and Technology of Sevastopol State University with the support of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The expedition is carried out as part of the implementation of the agreement between Sevastopol State University and the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums of the Ministry of Culture of the Syrian Arab Republic. The archaeological mission includes both Russian and Syrian specialists.

“During the working meetings and consultations held in Damascus, the main goals of the 2019 field season were outlined. First of all, scientists will focus on conducting underwater archaeological exploration in the coastal waters of the port complex of the ancient city of Amrid. In addition, researchers will work in the water area of ​​the island of Arvad, which has a rich history, ”said Dmitry Tatarkov, a member of the expedition and the Director of the Center for Marine Research and Technology at Sevastopol State University.

One of the tasks of the expedition will be the advanced training of Syrian specialists and students from Damascus University and the University of Latakia.

To conduct research, the Russian side will provide a modern marine search and research complex of Sevastopol State University.

“Now we are planning work directly with our Syrian colleagues on offshore and coastal areas,” said Viktor Lebedinsky, a member of the expedition and the leading researcher at Sevastopol State University.

Scientists work in the archives and museum repositories of the city of Tartus, study the local hydrological conditions and the peculiarities of applying research equipment at various depths and then select the vessels necessary for the work.