Archaeology: Underwater expeditions 'broadcast in schools'

Researchers say Sicily is a model

02 April, 09:30

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, APRIL 2 - The president of an organization that promotes scientific research, the Como-based Proteus-Lab, has proposed to broadcast in schools underwater archaeology expeditions to promote maritime archaeology. The president, Paola Iotti, has launched the idea of a network of Italian schools where live videos of the expeditions could be screened so students could ''admire through direct participation'' the search for findings. ''Italy is rich in underwater sites along most of its coast, especially in the south''.

    The idea is to show Italy's underwater heritage by making students interact with maritime archaeologists, a proposal that Salvo Barrano, president of the National Association of Italian Archaeologists, has welcomed. Barrano said archaeologists can explain their findings, like Alessandro Fichera who spoke about ''his magnificent excavation at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem'' during the Mediterranean Bourse of Archaeological Tourism in Paestum. ''More can be done for maritime archaeology'', he also said. ''It has a long tradition but it is done a bit here and there and this is a pity because all areas along the coast are very rich with findings. Sicily's maritime superintendency is a role model'', which should be replicated and extended across Italy, he added.

    Sicily's maritime superintendency was established in 2003 by archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa, who recently died in a plane crash in Ethiopia. (ANSAmed).

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