Facilities

The Center currently has administrative offices in Albania and in the United States. We recently broke ground at the site of our new marine facility on the southern Albanian coastline. Located just south of the city of Saranda, the Center's new facility will be perfectly situated to provide support to ongoing cultural and ecological research efforts between the Greek border and the city of Vlore. Our future facility will also house the administrative offices for the Center as well as a fully-equipped dive locker to support submerged resource projects.

The Center collaborates with many Albanian and international governmental and research organizations to provide resources and logistical support. We also oversee our own in-house research projects. We are always looking to develop new programs and partnerships. Please feel free to contact us at info@albaniamarinecenter.org with questions or ideas.

 

Diving Safety Program

The Center's Diving Safety Program adheres to the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS, www.aaus.org). Our program consists of a Diving Control Board with autonomous control of the diving program, a Diving Safety Officer, and a Diving Safety Manual which outlines the administration of the program and related equipment as well as the training of divers and the standards governing diving operations.

If you have questions regarding the Center's diving program, standards, or logistics, contact our Diving Safety Officer at divingsafety@albaniamarinecenter.org.

Our Diving Control Board is:

Auron Tare; Executive Director, ACMR
Dr. Adrian Anastasi; Director, Albanian Institute of Archaeology
Derek Smith; Coastal Ecologist and Diving Safety Officer, ACMR
Peter Campbell; Cave and Underwater Archaeologist, ACMR

 

Our Diving Safety Manual can be found here.

What is Nautical Archaeology?

Underwater, marine, maritime, or nautical archaeology is simply archaeology done under the water. Together with cultural and physical anthropology and linguistics, archaeology - both on land and underwater - is a subfield of the science of anthropology, the study of humankind. Basically, the tools, techniques, and products are the same no matter where one works, although different environments may require adaptations to the task at hand. But the goals are the same: understanding our past.

 

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