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Platt Fellow at the Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation, Cyprus

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Tags: Archaeology, Cyprus, excavation, excavation fellowships, underwater archaeology
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By: Sara Rich, University of Leuven, 2012 Platt Fellow

I’d like to tell you about my best day in the field – ever. Honestly, between the promise of keel wood and the dolphins, there isn’t even a close runner up.

This morning the waters off the south-central coast of Cyprus were calm despite the storm that was supposed to be blowing in from the west. This was already a good sign. Bad weather and transportation issues meant that my dive yesterday had to be canceled. The past couple of days we’ve had some technical problems with the “rib” (acronym for “rigid inflatable boat”) that takes us out to the site every day, where the support vessel, Marilena, is stationed directly above the wreck. So in lieu of the rib, we’d been hitching rides out to sea and back on local fishing boats. This was great fun, but rather time-consuming, as you can imagine. Well this morning by 6am that problem had been resolved, so we arrived on site as planned by 7am via not one, but two fully-functioning ribs.

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2 Comments for : Platt Fellow at the Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation, Cyprus
    • Themis Karaoli
    • March 14, 2013

    Sara, do you know if the excavation will continue in 2013?

    • Sara
    • June 4, 2013

    Hi Themis, so sorry for the late response, but no, the excavation is sadly canceled this year. Let's keep our fingers (and fins) crossed for next year!

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