EXHIBITS: Come Dive With Me

Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1971
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1971c

Here's your chance to explore the submerged precincts of Alexandria or pick through the remains of a sunken Roman ship, all without getting your feet wet. Underwater Archeologie, hosted by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, tours more than 20 archaeological sites and shipwreck expeditions in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coastline of France.

Among the site's highlights are illustrated pages showing off a trove of artifacts plucked from wrecks, such as 2000-year-old amphoras. You can also take a virtual spelunking tour of the now- submerged Cosquer Cave near Marseilles, which prehistoric Monets and Renoirs decorated with hundreds of images, such as penguins and pot-bellied horses. Another fascinating section traces the development of diving technology—from the Greek underwater sabotage of the Persian fleet in the 5th century B.C. to modern scuba outfits. Imagine galumphing along the sea floor in this claustrophobic monstrosity, which was the Rolls Royce of deep-diving suits in the 1920s.


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