Underwater Archaeology with Light AUVs

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For millennia, ships were lost at sea leading to the loss of an estimated 3 million vessels. This paper describes a light autonomous underwater vehicle specially tailored for coastal archaeology applications where a big part of this heritage sites should be found. This specific vehicle includes sonars, an optical camera and a magnetometer to detect and identify archaeological artifacts in the ocean bottom or underneath. It can be used isolated or as part of a team of AUVs for faster surveys. We describe the hardware, its simplified operation using custom-made software and overview some results in different areas, where these vehicles have been used to detect several wrecks and other important artifacts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2019 - Marseille, OCEANS Marseille 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781728114507
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event2019 OCEANS - Marseille, OCEANS Marseille 2019 - Marseille, France
Duration: 17 Jun 201920 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameOCEANS 2019 - Marseille, OCEANS Marseille 2019


Conference2019 OCEANS - Marseille, OCEANS Marseille 2019


  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • Underwater Archaeology


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