Archaeological community will benefit from ITACA project since it will permit to monitor, map and manage underwater and coastal
archaeological sites with special reference to search, localization and monitoring of sites for both study and protection purposes.
Organizations and international institutions involved in the stages of protection, conservation and development, in recent years have used models and experiences to encourage the active participation of the cultural heritage in the process of local development through the use of non-invasive technologies effectively available, positively repeatable and easy to use.
The monitoring of the underwater cultural heritage is a priority of the competent Public authorities (Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Institutions and local entities) that shall assess their state of conservation and program restoration activities when required. These public bodies need cost effective, reliable and systematic means to accomplish their mission. In fact the survey activities should not affect the underwater site more than necessary, and the overarching aim is to preserve and protect a site as much and as best as possible.
The capability of locating and monitoring archaeological items is a vital asset for the improvement of the conservation of our historic heritage in the Mediterranean area. Thus, the fulfilment of this objective shall enable the generation of extremely valuable information for the scientific community and the public bodies in charge to heritage preservation.
The development of specific techniques, methods and tools based on the processing of Earth Observation satellite data makes possible the production of systematic survey of wide coastal areas.
This information can be integrated with in-situ data providing the target end-user with an important management tool for underwater archaeological sites. The emphasis on the methodology and the techniques to be released will encourage site managers to efficiently take decision on what solution is best to be achieved in order to reach the target objectives: deployment of non-destructive techniques and survey methods versus traditional digging and the recovery of objects and samples.