OceanOneK dove again to the Roman ship under the team’s archeologists’ instruction and hauled up several Roman vases, including several not previously seen in DRASSM’s collections. These extraordinary findings still bore the manufacturer’s name and label, demonstrating the benefits of super-deep artifact recovery.
Khatib, according to the press release, carefully extended the boom camera inside the Crispi’s damaged hull on a second dive. The team’s marine biologist supervised him as exterior corals gave way to inside rusticles, icicle-shaped rust formations caused by 80 years of bacterial interaction with the ship’s iron.
Piedra remarked that in retrospect, he can understand how huge the hurdles they overcome were and how grand the work they did.
“We go all the way to France for the expedition and there, surrounded by a much larger team, coming from a wide array of backgrounds, you realize that the piece of this robot you’ve been working on at Stanford is actually part of something much bigger,” he said. “You get a sense of how important this is, how novel and significant the dive is going to be, and what this means for science overall.”