The last few years have seen increasing attention focusing on the cultural heritage,
particularly in the area of underwater archaeology.
Conservation and protection of the archaeological heritage have consequently become the objects of international agreements, evidencing the need to defend the image of the culture of nations and peoples. Primary importance is attributed to conservation in situ of archaeological evidence, allowing for the potential use of such resources for tourism. As from the “Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001” (undersigned in Paris on 2 November 2001 by the member states of UNESCO with the aim of enabling signatories to protect their submerged heritage optimally), the defence of submerged archaeological assets has been ensured in conformity with the same general principles applying to the underground archaeological heritage.
On 8 April 2010 the convention (inclusive of the attachment) came into force in Italy with law 23 October 2009, n. 157, ratifying and implementing the Convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage.
Poliservizi provides support services for search, prospecting, characterisation and recovery of wrecks, and underwater archaeological sites and finds. Thanks to synergy with the public bodies, our company has developed electronic systems to museumise underwater archaeological sites working on the principle of conserving and creating access to the archaeological areas.
The archaeological surveys are carried out with a wide range of technologies: side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, ROV (remote operative vehicle) and multibeam, to name but a few.