|Title||Underwater Archaeology with Light AUVs|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Costa, M, Pinto, J, Ribeiro, M, Lima, K, Monteiro, A, Kowalczyk, P, Sousa, JB|
|Conference Name||OCEANS 2019 - Marseille|
|Keywords||autonomous underwater vehicle, Magnetic resonance imaging, Magnetoacoustic effects, Magnetometers, Magnetosphere, Oceans, Sensors, Sonar, Underwater Archaeology|
For millennia, ships were lost at sea leading to the loss of an estimated 3 million vessels. This paper describes a light autonomous underwater vehicle specially tailored for coastal archaeology applications where a big part of this heritage sites should be found. This specific vehicle includes sonars, an optical camera and a magnetometer to detect and identify archaeological artifacts in the ocean bottom or underneath. It can be used isolated or as part of a team of AUVs for faster surveys. We describe the hardware, its simplified operation using custom-made software and overview some results in different areas, where these vehicles have been used to detect several wrecks and other important artifacts.