First archaeological excavation on scuba

Last updated: December 9, 2019 at 21:05 pm

1948 — Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Frédéric Dumas, Philippe Tailliez, Jean Alinat and five other divers excavated a Roman galley off Mahdia, Tunisia, while operating from the research vessel Ingénieur Élie Monnier. They recovered approximately 40 columns from the wreck which was previously salvaged by hardhat divers from 1907 to 1913. Cousteau and Marcel Ichac produced the documentary film Carnet de plongées, the first-ever underwater movie filmed in colour, which was presented at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.

Musée National du Bardo

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