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of view of the European commity.
In Villefranche-sur-Mer, there is the shipwrech of
the Lomellina, a Genovese ship sunk in 1516 during a particularly
Discovered on April 6 1979 by Alain Visquis during an exploration
dive. The wreck has been excavated, from 1982 to 1990, 9 campaigns,
representing aproximately 4750 dives total.
After about 10 years, a campaign was organized in October 2001 with
the main objective of verifying data on the Lomellina structure.
The mission ended with a reconstitution of the ship profile and
creation of a model.
In 2002, the wreck was chosen for a training program on underwater
archaeology techniques. This workshop is part of «
La Navigation du Savoir - Réseau
des arsenaux historiques de la Méditerranée »
project , supervised by University
of Malta, along with 14 partners including UNESCO.
The trainees this year are from Malta and France.
The GRAN has set up during this operation a real-time broadcast
system to publish the information collected during the excavation.The
GRAN published daily the operations. On one hand the daily news
(log book) and on the other a serie of illustrated articles based
on research (sciences, technique, history and archaeology). This
data is directly accessible on the GRAN website www.archeonavale.org
from September 4th to 28th 2002 or through links with institutional
partner's websites: Ministère de la
Culture, UNESCO, Musée
National des Arts et Traditions Populaires, Palais
de la Découverte. These pages are now integrated as an
independant section in the website. This completes the data published
online in October 2001.
Ship: the Tibériade, based in Villefranche-sur-Mer.
TEAM - 2002
Operations manager Max Guérout
Archaeologists Martine Sciallano - Curator of the Istres museum.
Jean-Marie Gassend (CNRS) - In charge of architectural measurements
Joe Guesnon - Technical Coordinator of the mission.
Michelle Hamblin - Material inventory.
Dive Coordinators Hervé Crozat, Philippe Livoury, Fanch
Cabioc'h, Didier Pérardel.