2018 Underwater Pompeii. Research and Survey in Naples

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Program Description

This underwater archaeology course consists of studying the submerged archaeological remains of Portus Iulius of the Baia Underwater Park.

The Underwater Pompeii site is located in the bay of Naples and is managed by Baia Underwater Park. Underwater surveys show that Roman buildings are about 400 meters away from the present coastline, at a depth of approximately 9 meters. Underwater and aerial surveys have shown numerous submerged archaeological remains. Evidence of the submersion of the coast can be found in the ruins of the Temple of Venus, which today is about 3 meters below the quay of the port. Nearby, on the other side of the bay, two monumental complexes were also found: a villa belonging to the Pisoni family and a bath complex with a nymphaeum.


In the Fieldwork

How to survey and which archaeological techniques are used.

Portus IuliusUse and handling of the tools that are used during the survey process.

Recording data obtained during the survey.

Study submerged archaeological remains in Baia Underwater Park.
Practice in the recognition of structures and archaeological remains in Portus Iulius to make a detailed map of the Roman port infrastructure and analyze the spatial distribution of all objects we will find underwater.

In the laboratory

Portus IuliusRecording data obtained during the survey -diary and systematic methodology sheets-.

Study and typological classification of archaeological Roman objects.

What`s Included

Course fee includes

Archaeological immersions at Baia Underwater Park
Accommodation in Hotel Arco Felice (Naples Bay).
Transportation from the Hotel Arco Felice to the diving centre at Baia Underwater Park.
Course tuition
Tanks, tank filling and weights.
Daily transportation to/from the research site
Walking distance to the historic center, port and beaches.
Certificate of participation

Airfare not included from the student home to/from Naples.

Meals are not included ( although we will recommend cafés and restaurants that do not exceed the average of 20€/day in meals).

Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included.


Archaeology, Architecture, Field-Study, Museum Studies

Program Locations

Mercadal, Spain

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Sanisera Archaeology Institute
  • Spain: Mercadal
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