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"This summer, after spending two weeks touring around Barcelona and Catalonia, I had the privilege of travelling to Menorca, Spain to partake in some underwater archaeology. I worked in the ancient port of Sanitja, where 18 Roman shipwrecks and their cargo have already been found, as well as 10 anchors from different time periods. As part of this program, I worked, along with the rest of the dive team, to search for new shipwrecks and their cargo.
Due to government restrictions, maritime archaeologists are only permitted to do linear survey (PICTURE #1), map and take archaeological photos. Since preservation of artifacts that have been submerged in sea water for centuries (since the 5th-2nd century BC) is very expensive, and since the Spanish government doesn’t have the resources available for such an undertaking, it is prohibited to remove any artifacts that might be found (meh).
At 6AM every day, after dodging schools of jellyfish, our dive team would descend to different sites and start surveying, mapping, and looking for artifacts. On the third day, after searching through two meter high seagrass, I made our first find! (PICTURE #2) It was a handle of a 3rd or 4th century amphora that was most likely from a ship that was carrying wine from Italy to soldiers fighting in Spain (Priorities…they have them).
After completing my underwater archaeology program, I travelled to Rome, where I’ll be for another couple of weeks visiting my cousins and taking in all the incredible sights of the city, both ancient and modern.
The third picture is me with an amphora side that I found.”