Anaxum Project

Stella River, Italy

Anaxum TeamAnaxum TeamThree members of the AMLA took part in the Anaxum project (Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy) from 25 to 30 July 2016. The joint project of the Dipartimento di Storia e Tutela dei Beni Culturali dell'Università di Udine and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Friuli Venezia Giulia under the direction of Prof. Massimo Capulli has been dealing with the river Stella since 2011. So far, a wreck from the 1st century AD, an area to the north with a high concentration of Roman artefacts and foundations of a Roman bridge, which was part of the via annia, have been investigated underwater archaeologically. Furthermore, a wreck from the 11th century could be documented during construction work in the shore area.

Anaxum JobThe good results of the SfM methodology in waters with poor visibility, presented at the DEGUWA conference "In Poseidons Reich XXI" in Dresden, led to the invitation to test the methodology for its applicability in the Stella River. A 2 x 8 m wide strip of the site north of the Stella 1 wreck and the bridge pier known as structure A as well as its immediate surroundings were selected as test objects.

Anaxum project

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Lake Tramme

The Palynology Division is testing its new drilling rig in Trammer See north of Plön on 29 and 30 June 2016.

The drilling technique adapted at the Kiel Institute for Prehistory and Early History under the direction of Dr. Walter Dörfler and Dr. Ingo Feeser will enable sediment sampling at greater depths of up to 200 metres. From the floating platform, the drill rods are guided by ropes to the bottom of the lake where they are driven in, thus eliminating the excessive weight of a continuous drill rod. The first test run in Trammer See at 16 m depth was accompanied and documented by divers from the Department of Underwater Archaeology (AMLA).  movie (1'40'')

Many thanks to Philipp Grassel, Julia Runge und Moiken Hinrichs.

Trammer See Taucher Trammer See Plattform
Die beteiligten Taucher. Die Plattform knapp über dem Grund.


Submarine prospection Norgaardholz

Taucher_Norgaardholz Dr. Sönke Hartz of the Archäologisches Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein directed the investigation of the shallow water area off Norgaardholz, that took place on May 21, 2016. Four AMLA members, supported by another diver from the Research Diving Centre at the Institute of Geosciences at CAU Kiel, took part. The investigation of the coastline was approved after very high quality stone artifacts were found on the beach and recreational divers reported a peat layer in the shallow water area. The diving work was accompanied by Dr. Stefanie Klooß, responsible department head of the State Office for Archaeology Schleswig-Holstein.

The results of the study prove the existence of the peat layer and the potential of the site for Stone Age research. Furthermore, the observed erosion processes should be checked by regular dives in the future.