Albania Coastal Survey Project
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 2012 the survey area continued the section of coast north of Sazan Island towards shore, and also surveyed the inner near-coast section of Cape Gjuhëzës within Vlore Bay. In addition to the multibeam survey, dive survey operations also continued during the 2012 field season.
Diver investigation was conducted in selected near-shore areas in order to gain an understanding of the presence of shallow-water material cultural. With viable anomalies from the previous seasons largely completed verification efforts focused solely on those identified in the 2012 survey data; although there were several anomalies from 2011 around Sazan Island that were investigated as well.
Per usual methodology, anomalies that are clearly modern vessels and those with great potential for ancient wrecks are marked as primary; additionally, representative anomalies in areas with odd seafloor features are also marked for investigation. Primary anomalies are all verified, while those in exploratory areas were expanded upon or narrowed depending on findings. Often, these exploratory areas were comprised of geologic features. Not all anomalies were completed and will undergo verification in the 2013 season.
Based on the bathymetric data and ground-truthing with the ROV, the seafloor to the north of Sazan Island is covered with a large amount of sediment that could be covering finds there. Although limited coverage was examined, the seafloor in Vlore Bay appears to have less sediment. This is substantiated by the exposure of several cargo levels at the Sason I wrecksite. One submerged site was located during anomaly verification in 2012.