Underwater Archaeology

In a flash, a city bustling with trade and pirates sank into the sea. Divers study its remains for a glimpse back in time.

2,000 years ago, a ship went down in a storm and sank in water over 3 miles deep--far too deep for divers to explore.

Learn how underwater archaeologists deal with unique challenges in shallow and deep water.

Dive to the shallow sea floor in search of the sunken city of Port Royal with researchers from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.

Visitors at the Ocean Institute use a magnetometer to explore a recreated section of the city of Port Royal.

Dive to the deepest parts of the sea floor in search of clues to past civilizations with researchers from MIT's DeepArch Research Group.

Visitors at the Ocean Institute operate an underwater robot to explore the Ocean Tank.
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