Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, Sicily is in a strategic location for maritime merchant traffic and naval operations. Several projects to map and record the submerged cultural remains around the island have been initiated. These projects are conceived through the cooperative efforts of Dr. Sebastiano Tusa (Soprintendenza Del Mare, Regione Siciliana) Dr. William Murray and Dr. Peter Campbell (RPMNF).
The Egadi Islands Survey Project, has conducted surveys off the NW Sicilian coast since 2005. This area lays along one of the great trade routes in antiquity, between Tunisia and Rome, and is an area believed to be the site of the final battle of the First Punic war between the Romans and Carthaginians in 241 B.C. Along with numerous finds that provide evidence for maritime commerce, the Levanzo I wrecksite has been recorded and published.
Additionally, the discovery of 13 bronze rams and armor in this area, two reportedly pulled from the area in the early 2000’s, and two located and recovered by Global Underwater Explorers in 2017 provides the first corroboration of this ancient naval battle landscape and ground-breaking information on ancient warships and naval warfare in the central Mediterranean.
RPMNF Project Directors: Dr.William Murray, Dr. Peter Campbell
Soprintendenza del Mare Director: Dr. Sebastiano Tusa
Partners: Soprintendenza del Mare of Sicily
Goal: To map, identify and study the submerged cultural resources
Project duration to date: 2005 - Undetermined