An ROV for Underwater archaeology

Author(s): Denis Degez

Year: 2014


This paper presents a project developed by the Département des Recherches Archéologiques Subaquatiques et Sous-Marines (DRASSM) to develop and produce a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) specifically designed for underwater archaeological excavation of wrecks located in great depths. It will discuss the overall field operations that have, since 2012, driven the thought process regarding the material, physical, and technical constraints associated with underwater archaeology in great depths. It will also highlight the shortcomings of the tools presently offered by robotics manufacturers to respond to the operational needs of industries or the military but that meet only partially the archaeological requirements. A robot of a completely new design is presently being studied. Developed by the DRASSM, industries and prominent engineer schools during the excavation project of the French vessel la Lune lost in 1664 in front of Toulon, this research project could allow within the next four years to bring concrete solutions to the excavation of underwater archaeological sites located in great depths.

Cite this Record

An ROV for Underwater archaeology. Denis Degez. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437238)

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): SYM-69,02