In 2014, we supported the first scientific mission deployment of the Nuytco Research Exosuit Atmospheric Diving System (ADS). Project preparations were undertaken at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) through beta testing of the first production Exosuit which was operated by the J.F. White Contracting Company. Thereafter, Antikythera project personnel were trained on the Exosuit including WHOI researchers, Hellenic Navy divers, and members of the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.
The mission that followed set out from Athens aboard the Greek naval vessel, Thetis, to support the ongoing archaeological investigations at the legendary site of Antikythera. The Antikythera shipwreck is a Bronze age vessel that carried cargo dating to the 4th century BC. The site is most famous for revealing the ‘Antikythera Mechanism’ which was discovered by Greek sponge divers. The mechanism is said to be the world’s first analog computer, and its technology far pre-dates anything similar in recorded history.
Weather severely hampered productive fieldwork, however the project was successful in making two Exosuit dives near the Antikythera wreck site.