The Albanian Center for Marine Research is a leader in nautical archaeology in the Balkans. Our work is focused on locating and documenting ancient shipwrecks in the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. Our discoveries have attracted international recognition and interest due to the historial value of such truths coming to light.
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The Blue Eye: 2012 Expedition
The underwater field school runs for three weeks from July 2-22 and is staffed by international specialists from Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, United States, and Denmark. The course is accredited by the American institution Transylvania University and trains graduate students from the Balkans and international universities in the underwater sciences. Students will take a break from the coastal survey to head inland and visit the Blue Eye, where they will learn about the many site types found in the field of underwater archaeology including submerged caves. The students will help provide surface support and documentation of the culturally rich area. Afterwards, they will have time to relax and enjoy the beautiful environs.
Titan Dive Gear (a leader in closed circuit rebreathers and dive lights) is sponsoring the Center’s research through equipment donation and providing an experienced cave diving videographer to document the research. High definition video will follow the team to the twenty-meter ledge and help document artifacts exposed as part of the non-invasive survey.
The expedition will also be documented by Top Channel, the leading technological media channel in Albania. High definition footage from outside and inside the spring will be broadcast as part of a documentary. The Top Channel documentary, available in Albanian and English, will provide the public with an intimate view of this beautiful and powerful cave as scientists battle the strong flow to bring the secrets of the Blue Eye to light for the first time.