Connecting the submerged world is a true possibility today, thanks to the Internet of Things technologies, and the protocols and systems enabling their applications to underwater world. And that possibility can be also true for the archaeological finds scattered in the seabed. Those finds are pearls that humanity needs to protect and enjoy, both on site and from the outside.
That’s the objective of MUSAS, the project by the Central Institute for Conservation and Restoration of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. As part of the project, Wsense networks are providing an underwater wireless infrastructure connecting the amazing submarine sites of Baia and Egnazia in southern Italy. This work has enabled the project team to monitor, study and reconstruct the elements of these sites, so that they can be enjoyed in an augmented way by archaeologists and visitors, from inside and remotely.
Here’s what this underwater network makes possible to do in detail: to track the position of the divers, to collect data on the quality of the water that envelops the precious finds, in terms of temperature, dissolved oxygen, CO2, Ph, etc.,
to take live images from the seabed and collect data to reconstruct the ancient appearance of buildings, monuments and spaces once located on the surface of beautiful cities of the past.
And so our innovative underwater acoustic network “will transform Baia and Egnazia sites into the world’s first digital underwater parks, ready to be enjoyed by the public probably as early as next spring”, as MUSAS Scientific Director Barbara Davidde announced at Archeocamp 2020 last week.
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Discover more about MUSAS project here: https://www.progettomusas.eu/en/.