Canal March

Archaeological Expeditions of the Seabed

Xavier Nieto

Since the invention of the scuba set for underwater diving in 1943, the seabed became much more accessible to numerous professionals, including underwater archaeologists. From prehistoric times, an enormous amount of objects have been accumulating underwater that have been lost or voluntarily thrown into the sea, yet, at the same time, man has maintained a constant interest in recovering, due to their economic or symbolic value, or their historical interest as documents for research; in this way, Xavier Nieto differentiates between scientific research archaeology, performance archaeology and speculative archaeology. Particular attention is paid to Odyssey’s recent location of the frigate Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and to the management of this discovery.

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