The ancient port of Oricum - 2017

Latest update April 6, 2018 Started on June 2, 2017

Oricum was a strategic port city in the antiquity. Situated in modern Albania, whoever controlled it would control the sailing routes from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean. It's where Julius Caesar won one of his most ambitious military battle in 49 B.C., at the beginning of the Civil War.
The site is every archaeologist's dream: it was cut off from the rest of the world during the better part of the 20th century, and remained mostly untouched and undocumented. It is only now starting to reveal its true potential.

June 2, 2017
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Preparation

For its April 6th, 2018 episode broadcasted on the Swiss-French television, the legendary TV show "Passe-moi les jumelles" followed the Octopus Foundation's team and the archaeologists from the University of Geneva in Oricum.
"Those that listen to the speaking stones" is a beautiful invitation to discover true Albania:

Ceux qui font parler les pierres.

Eighth and last episode: field missions means that the team has to work and live together for weeks at a time. What happens behind the scenes ?

Seventh video: 3D models are excellent tools for scientists, as they can explore zones from the comfort of their office. Also, they prove to be great visual documents to show the public.

Sixth episode: when the weather unleashes its power, we should all take cover.

Fifth episode of our Youtube webseries: what was Caesar doing in Oricum ?

Fourth episode: what tools are used by the Octopus Foundation team during a field mission ?


The answer is right here:

Third episode: a graphic novel (still to be published) will tell the story of this amazing place.

Second episode: archaeological work in the lagoon.


Working in shallow waters is less easy than originally thought. Especially when the visibility drops as soon as the first flipper is moved around.

Follow the team of the Octopus Foundation, as they assist the archaeologists in Oricum.


Here is the first of eight episodes of the 2017 webseries dedicated to this great project.

This orthophotoplan made with one of our drones in 2016 is the basis of our 2017 mission.


We will use our scubadiving gear as well as the brand new Trident to explore and document the underwater remains.

Every aspect of the mission will be conducted under the supervision of an underwater archaeologist, Krisztian Gal.

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Another incredible expedition. Excited to get you the Trident and follow along!

Expedition Background

Following the 2016 expedition that revealed hundreds of underwater remains in the lagoon next to Oricum, the Octopus Foundation will assist an underwater archaeologist from the UNIGE to begin the careful work of documenting the findings.

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