• Experimentation on immersed specimens

    Once the development of the innovative products will be completed, an intense experimental activity will be conducted for the production of two sets of test specimens, made of different lithotypes (rocks, mortar, bricks).

  • Development of innovative mechanical instruments for marine environments

    A number of equipment and instruments (ROVs) will be implemented in order to apply the new materials and to develop new methods of protection. These tools will be designed to operate in situations where the direct intervention of qualified personnel would not be possible.

  • New products for underwater artifacts

    The research will be aimed to the development of new formulations, based on nanomaterials, for the preservation of natural and artificial stone materials located in marine environment.

The project is focused on the discovery of new materials, techniques and methodologies for the conservation and restoration of marine sites in their natural environment, according to criteria that is normally applied to the existing land Historic monuments. The ultimate goal is to confirm, even for sea conservation, the world leading position in Italy, which is currently recognized in the field of Cultural Heritage conservation and restoration.

In particular, we intend to focus on the degradation processes and methods for the cleaning, conservation and restoration of natural and artificial archaeological stone artefacts which are degraded or at risk due to prolonged immersion in the marine environment.


  • Consolidants and antifouling products for the preservation of underwater archaeological sites
  • Experimentation in the archaeological site of Baia (NA): 3D survey of a hall of the
  • Experimentation in the archaeological site of Baia (Naples): tests of cleaning techniques