2012 Expedition

Eratosthenes Seamount

August 13 – 26, 2012

Expedition Partners

Lead Scientist
Lead Scientist
Expedition Leader

Nautilus was diving at the Eratosthenes Seamount in search of signs indicating active hydrothermal vents, where warm chemical-rich water is seeping out of the seafloor, and the exotic animals that live on them. While searching for evidence of geological and biological activity, we came across both modern and ancient garbage. 

Meet the Team

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Selected Publications


Ballard, B., Opait, A., Cornwell, K. (2018). Deep-Water Archaeological Discoveries on Eratosthenes Seamount. Deep Sea Research II 150: 4-21.
Brennan, M., Cantelas, F., Elliott, K., Delgado, J., Croff Bell, K., Coleman, D., Fundis, A., Irion, J., Van Tilburg, H., Ballard, R. (2018). Telepresence-Enabled Maritime Archaeological Exploration in the Deep. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 13(2): 97-121.


Brennan, M., Davis, D., Ballard, R., Trembanis, A., Vaughn, I., Krumholz, J., Delgado, J., Roman, C., Smart, C., Croff Bell, K., Duman, M., DuVal, C. (2016). Quantification of bottom trawl fishing damage to ancient shipwreck sites. Marine Geology 371: 82-88.


Brennan, M., Ballard, R. (2014). Archaeological Oceanography. Encyclopedia of Natural Resources : 604-608.
Cornwell, K. (2014). Theoretical and Practical Advances in Underwater
Regional Archaeological Survey.
MS Thesis: University College London
Taviani, M. (2014). Marine Chemosynthesis in the Mediterranean Sea. In: Goffredo, S., Dubinsky, Z. (eds) The Mediterranean Sea: Its history and present challenges : 69-83.