On Wednesday 15th of September, the search, protection and enhancement of the wreck of a Roman wreck, known as "Grado 2", was completed. It was one of the three pilot interventions of the Cross-border Cooperation Program Interreg Italy-Croatia 2014-2020 "UnderwaterMuse" project, led by the Regional Body for Cultural Heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia - ERPAC FVG, who is supported by Informest for the project’s implementation on both regarding contents and financial aspects.

The operations on the wreck, conducted by ERPAC in collaboration with the Universities of Cà Foscari-Venice, project partner, of Udine and Salento, under the scientific direction of the local Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Friuli Venezia Giulia, saw the technical-logistical support of an "ATI" made up of the companies Archeotest, Essetre and Marine Innovation Tech.

In the twenty-four working days, interspersed with some breaks due to adverse weather conditions, it was possible to recognize the limits of the field, consisting of Greek-Italic amphorae that presumably date the wreck to the second half of the Third Century BC, to carry out the photogrammetry operations necessary for the realization of the 3D model, investigate the layering layers through the execution of three in-depth essays, and finally cover the entire area with grids of the same type already present on the site, aimed at protecting but above all at the use and accessibility of the site by divers.

During the operations it was possible to host a dozen divers belonging to clubs in the region, both professionals and sports enthusiasts, who were able to enjoy a preview of the visit to the future "submerged museum", the first wreck in Italy that can be visited safely. The materials, in fact, have been preserved on the seabed, with the exception of an amphora, recovered because it remained isolated, a ceramic jug, which will be subjected to careful studies, and some fragments that it was preferred to bring to the surface to ensure their conservation.

During the works, some interviews were carried out with the protagonists of the project and with the guests, which can be followed on project official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Project-UnderwaterMuse-106106884192806)

The project aims to promote and enhance the underwater archaeological heritage of some areas of the Adriatic Sea, through the design of underwater archaeological parks/trails and the creation

of innovative digital solutions for its use, such as virtual and augmented reality. Actions to raise awareness and involve local actors, as well as the training of underwater guides, have been underway for some time, also for increased accessibility. A public, geo-referenced web portal was also created, available to communities and tourists, for the virtual exploration of submerged archaeological sites through voice and text information, images, and animations (www.italy-croatia.eu/web/underwatermuse).



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