Albania highlights its underwater treasure to boost tourism

Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Albania highlights its underwaterThe archaeological finds underwater in the southwest coast in Albania receives a major promotion. It’s done to grab the attention of decision-makers and raise public interest to protect the discoveries. 30 photographs are on display by the Albanian National Coastline Agency. It features the potentiality of archaeological significance from the last decade.

RPM Nautical Foundation, an NGO, has mapped about one-third of the coastline of Albania so far. This started from Saranda, near Greece’s Corfu Island and continued till Vlora. The scan discloses 38 shipwrecks in the Ionian Sea of which 6 of them more than 2,000 year old as confirmed by National coastline agency head, Auron Tare.

Tare says ships ‘’ show ancient Illyria (Albania’s predecessor) was a commercial pass rather than a pirates’ place. We have a lot of such archaeological underwater heritage but, so far, we have not known how to keep, preserve and use them.’’

Photos of amphorae which are two-handled storage pots, jars used for wine or oil in ancient Greece — and other items encrusted with tiny shells were on display at the exhibition.


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