Albania Coastal Survey Project: 2011 Field Season
In conjunction with Dr. Adrian Anastasi, co-director of the AIA and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, multibeam surveys were undertaken during June by the R/V Hercules. The survey program aims to conduct multibeam survey along the entire coast of Albania out to the 100-m contour. In 2009 survey reached the area of Porto Palermo, which had progressed over three seasons from the southern border with Greece. During the 2010 field season, multibeam survey continued the coastal section north along the coast.
An intact and apparently undisturbed amphora mound was located east of Cesan Island; it position within the military protection zone assuredly accounts for the undisturbed nature of the site. All of the observed amphoras were of type Lamboglia 2. At least four layers of amphoras are visible and the upright rim-handle portions protruding from the sand indicate the site extends at least another meter into the soft sea bed. Given the nature of the seabed, it is probable that the wreck continues more than a meter into the sediment and that there is a significant amount of hull remains preserved beneath the cargo.
Four artifacts were raised for analysis from the wrecksite: The form of the amphoras indicates a likely date at the beginning of the 1st century BCE. Many amphoras were observed with a molded stopper, like the one recovered, in place; hence, there is the possibility for successful future DNA analysis of content remains.”