OceanOneK dived down to the Roman ship again under the instructions of the team’s archaeologists and brought up several Roman vases, many of which had not been seen before in the DRASSM collections. These extraordinary finds always bore the maker’s name and label, demonstrating the benefits of deep artifact recovery.
Khatib, according to the press releasecarefully extended the boom camera inside the Crispi’s hull damaged on second dive. The team’s marine biologist oversaw it as the outer corals gave way to the inner rusticles, icicle-like rust formations caused by 80 years of bacterial interaction with the ship’s iron.
Piedra remarked that looking back, he can understand how enormous the hurdles they overcame were and how great the work they accomplished was.
“We go all the way to France for the expedition and there, surrounded by a much larger team, coming from very diverse backgrounds, you realize that the piece of this robot that you worked on at Stanford is actually part of something much bigger,” he said. “You get a sense of how important that is, how new and important diving is, and what that means for science in general.”