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 029: 'Underwater Pompeii'. Research and Survey in the singular Portus Iulius (Naples, Italy).

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Participating in this course is a unique opportunity. Portus Iulius was the quintessential port of Rome in the period of greatest splendor of their empire. We absolutely recommend this program to any college student who wants to enter in the field of underwater archeology.

Portus Iulius is an underwater site with lots of submerged remains for you to be able to recognize Roman architecture and urban planning (walls, floors, rooms, canals, roads ...) and learn how to draw through 8 dives with the help of surveying instruments. They say an image is worth more than a thousand words. You can view it from Google Earth and recognize its wide expanse that is three times higher than Pompeii.

You will also know how to use survey techniques used to record and document all types of archaeological materials displayed on the seabed: pottery, amphoras, glass, building materials such as marble, stucco reliefs, fragments of sculpture,...

After finishing this course, the training and experience gained will help you to decide if underwater archaeology is the area of research that you wish to focus on or if you want to continue on with underwater archaeology as a future profession. You will have also visited the most iconic and remarkable Roman underwater archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.


Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.

Field School life & language

The field school course has a length of 8 days. The course runs six hours per day, and is divided between survey dives, exercises, lectures and excursions. Participants will also visit the Roman ruins of the city of Pompeii.

Students receive an intensive introduction on basic aspects of the survey method in underwater archaeology to document archaeological pieces from the seabed of Portus Iulius, and learn how to draw the architectural map of the port structure.

The last two days of the program are free days for the students. The course is taught in English, Spanish and Italian.


At   the   end   of   the field program,   students   will   receive a certificate of participation stating the hours and activities of the course.

Participants that perform exceedingly well in the course may receive a letter of recommendation from our organization upon request.

Medical check

On the first day of the course, participants have to show a medical document stating that he/she is fit for diving activities. Participants that do not have this document on the first day will not be allowed to participate until they are able to present this document.




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