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Marine Salvage Research Consultant
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Scuba diving, Marine Research, Historical archives, Shipwrecks
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Marine Salvage Research Consultant, Pascal Kainic has been working in the field of historical shipwreck salvage and underwater archaeology since the 1980's. Diver and underwater photographer, he has specialized himself in shipwrecks archive research all over the world and possess a unique database of valuable cargoes still waiting to be recovered in every seas of the planet. He has participated in several major discoveries such as the wreck of the GENERAL ABBATUCCI, recovered in 1996 off Corsica by 2660 meters of water.

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<p><em>LOST TREASURES OF THE SEVEN SEAS</em> is a guide to several resources on marine salvage written by Pascal Kainic.  <br /><br />This is a difficult topic to teach because archaeological ethics forbids the sale of archaeological artefacts while marine salvage is often driven by the prospect of selling artefacts. "Treasure hunting", as marine salvage is sometimes labelled, is a reality that archaeologists need to confront as well as a difficult topic to teach; this website may be very helpful to approach the topic with students. <br /><br />Section "underwater archaeology" presents techniques to preserve recovered artefacts and includes one link to an article against treasure hunting, which summarises the position of archaeologists. "Rules in the World" contains excerpts of legislation from several countries or links to depositories of legislative texts. Wrecks/Treasure Stories" contains a wealth of case studies. <br /><br />"Still secret...!" contains excerpts from written sources detailing the history and contents of localised sunken ships awaiting to be researched or salvaged. Teachers may use this section dividing students in two groups, one highlighting sentences on the wealth aboard the ships and one highlighting sentences on historical facts and then prompt a debate between "archaeologists" and "treasure hunters". "The World of Shipwrecks" publishes a list of sunken ships according to the monetary value of their cargoes; a list of questions helps in selecting ships for salvage and has educational value because it exposes the (unethical) reasons for the selection. <br /><br />Of some interest is also the news section containing news from current salvage projects as well as articles of researches bordering myths and legends. Stories centered on the sea are as old as mariners and treasure hunters often pursue what to many could appear as a story or dream. This website contains a collection of resources that can help in understanding why treasure hunting exists, and how the inflexible opposition of archaeologists coexists with irresolute laws (treasure hunting is lawful but constrained in many countries) and the inexhaustible attraction of economic profit. <br /><br />Teachers may use this website to prompt a debate and some pages (e.g. legislation) can help advanced students in preparing a more informed debate. Unsupervised students should instead steer clear of this website until they have a solid knowledge of archaeological practices because some contents express positions not compatible with archaeological ethics and practice. <br /><br />The website is only recommended to teachers for its educational value in presenting a delicate and actual issue: most contents on their own cannot be endorsed by the academic community. Quoted by Andrea Vianello from INTUTE - http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/cgi-bin/fullrecord.pl?handle=20070828-141132<br /><br />Pascal Kainic is also a member of the Société des Explorateurs Français (France) and The Explorer's Club (USA)<br /><br /></p>

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New Antikythera shipwreck finds

 A diver holds a bronze disc discovered during the 2017 underwater excavations at Antikythera, Greece


By Peter B. Campbell - The Guardian


The shipwreck at Antikythera, Greece, continues to reveal its secrets and surprise archaeologists. As reported last week, recent excavations on the 1st century BC shipwreck have revealed statue fragments, bronze ornamentation, and wooden remains from the ship’s hull.

The finds are sensational, but the artifacts and the project have broader importance. Among the finds was the bronze arm of a statue, which may be the most significant find.

When the shipwreck was first found and excavated in 1900-1901, a number of bronze and marble statues were recovered. However, the arm is the first piece that has been found recently and it might point to more intact statuary in the area.

The arm is one of several limb fragments that do not have corresponding bodies. The Antikythera team hypotheses those statues could be in the vicinity of the undisturbed deposit that they excavated this year.

New bronze statues would be a sensational discovery. Bronze statues are among the rarest artifacts to survive from antiquity; however, ancient authors tell us that they were quite common.

Pausanias wrote a Roman travel guide of Greece and he describes the many bronzes statues filling cities like Athens. In Greek Bronze Statuary Professor Carol Mattusch writes, “all ancient literary accounts indicate that freestanding bronze statuary was the primary mode of artistic expression in Classical Greece.”

Ancient cities like Athens and Rome were filled with bronze sculptures, with bronze being preferred over marble.


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