Sunken Roman city ruins finally get an internet connection

The southern Italian city of Baiae was the moment a impressive metropolis on pair with Pompeii. It ultimately stopped currently being a hedonistic holiday town for a variety of Caesars and Julii, and endured a couple hundreds of years of gradual beneath just before it eventually sunk below sea stage, getting all of its wonderful background with it.

But now it has a little something else to provide, in addition to all individuals buried treasures: net entry! Not for holidaymakers, but alternatively, archaeologists. From Engineering Assessment:

Right now, Baiae is 1 of the world’s few underwater archaeological parks, and its 435 acres are open up to people seeking to examine the stays of the historic Roman metropolis. A safeguarded maritime space, the site demands to be monitored for hurt caused by divers and environmental components. However, explains Barbara Davidde, Italy’s national superintendent for underwater cultural heritage, “communication underwater is tough.”


Scientists have tried using optic and acoustic waves, but light-weight and sound are not economical kinds of wireless underwater communication—water temperature, salinity, waves, and sound can change alerts as they journey among devices.

So Davidde teamed up with a group of engineers led by Chiara Petrioli, a professor at Sapienza University and director of Sapienza’s spinoff WSense, a startup specializing in underwater monitoring and communication programs. Petrioli’s team has developed a network of acoustic modems and underwater wi-fi sensors able of gathering environmental knowledge and transmitting it to land in actual time. “We can now check the web page remotely and at any time,” says Davidde.

It seems like a really interesting technological obstacle. Namor will have to be energized.

AI is bringing the world-wide-web to submerged Roman ruins [Manuela Callari / MIT Technology Review]