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RPM Nautical Discoveries

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Published on Aug 28, 2009

From May 24th to June 18th 2009, American Foundation RPM Nautical run by Archeological Director Dr. Jeff Royal conducted the three weeks long research in Boka Bay in Montenegro. This research was a result of cooperation between US Embassy in Podgorica, Regional Institute for Cultural Heritage from Kotor and Underwater Demining Center from Bijela.




The research resulted in finding a sunken submarine, one location with amphorae and two Roman cargo ships that are believed to be dating back to the period between 1st and 3rd century AD. The first vessel was transporting tiles and roof coverings, some of which still seem to be intact, while the other ships cargo were amphorae. These discoveries are of the biggest underwater archeological significance for Montenegro and speak a volume of rich heritage that Montenegro owns and which need to be protected.

The cooperation with RPM Nautical Foundation will be continued next year.




From July 20th to 27th Regional Underwater Diving and Demining Center from Bijela hosted a training instructed by The World Diving Federation Representatives and Italian and Croatian instructors. Regional Center from Bijela now has 6 professional and 3 sport divers who are trained to work with archeologists on sites of archeological interest. The 9 divers had a chance to dive down to the recently discovered intact ship marked by RPM Nautical ship Hercules and see on spot one of the unique archeological sites on the Mediterranean. The participants and instructors of this training recognized the significance of this discovery and emphasized the importance of protecting this location and using it for promotion of tourism and diving.

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