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TEchnological Consortium TO develop sustaiNabIlity of underwater Cultural heritage

Project description

Preserving underwater cultural heritage

The preservation of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) such as shipwrecks, sunken cities, and prehistoric art work and treasures is important. It should be documented and protected. Efforts should also be made to raise public awareness and knowledge. The EU-funded TECTONIC project proposes an intersectoral collaboration between academic and non-academic professionals related to UCH to provide knowledge and solutions to the complex issues still existing in the field. The project will enhance the exchange of expertise and targets training for the implementation of advanced techniques, instruments and methods. It will establish a link between research, higher education and business. TECTONIC will also assess the development of low-cost robotic systems for exploration, documentation and protection of UCH.


Documentation and conservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) is crucial to preserve humankind’s history and traditions, safeguarding tangible testimonies of past human life while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations. TECTONIC project will promote an intersectoral collaboration between academic and non-academic professionals (such as technical experts, archaeologists, conservator, geologists, engineers, computer scientists) working in different topics related to the UCHs to respond and find solutions to the complex issues still existing in the field of UCH. The overall aim is the exchange of skills and expertise, the training activities for the implementation, improvement and assessment of innovative materials, techniques, tools and methodologies to develop solutions and marketable products for the conservation, restoration and management of the UCH (objects, artefacts, structures, remains etc.). To achieve its overall aim, TECTONIC project will undertake innovation and development activities driven by the following objectives: Study, documentation and 3D reconstruction of the selected pilot sites; Decision support tool for UCH risk assessment in a changing environment; Conservation studies, protocols and suitable procedures for preservation/conservation activities; Development of open and low-cost robotic solutions for the inspection, documentation and monitoring of UCH; Raising the public awareness and knowledge about the importance to preserve the underwater historical and archaeological heritage. All the objectives will be devoted to stimulate new ideas that would bring to the development of new marketable products by capitalizing on the research results that will be achieved in the project, creating a link between business, research and higher education.


Net EU contribution
€ 322 000,00
87036 Arcavacata Di Rende

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Sud Calabria Cosenza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 322 000,00

Participants (10)

Partners (3)