Underwater Archaelogy

Country: France
Year: 2022
Release Date: 11 Jul 2022
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Press Release
On 11 July 2022, La Poste is issuing a new "UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY" stamp, a common theme among the member countries of EUROMed Postal.
Underwater archaeology emerged in the second half of the 20th century. The invention of the scuba suit by Cousteau and Gagnan in 1943 and the rapid spread of its use after 1945 were responsible for most of the discoveries of wrecks, as well as for increased public interest in underwater archaeology and its development.
The current Department of Underwater Archaeological Research (DRASSM), which was born out of this pioneering movement in the 1960s and founded by André Malraux in 1966, has continued to ensure that French research in this field is at the highest level worldwide.
Seas, lakes, rivers and streams preserve the traces of the populations that have crossed them, exploited their resources and developed them, from prehistory to the present day. Underwater archaeology is concerned with the detection and study of ruins preserved underwater. These submerged constructions and wrecks are evidence of the occupation of the territory, the movement of people and goods, the evolution of techniques and the relationship between humans and their maritime, lake and river environments.
An underwater excavation requires a great deal of technical and human resources. It is slower and more expensive than a land-based excavation, but it provides information that terrestrial archaeology rarely does.
The excavation of the Western wreck Giraglia 2, at Cape Corsica, has thus provided new data to the research on dolia ships and the bulk wine trade at the time of the Roman Empire. It was the starting point for a critical reconsideration of what was thought to be known about this trading system, which had a very limited duration and seems to have remained the only such system until the establishment of the contemporary bulk wine trade.
Technical info
Camera: TEDDY SEGUIN Layout: Stéphanie GHINÉA
Printing: rotogravure Stamp format: 30 x 40.85 mm
Presentation: 15 stamps per sheet Print run: 495,000 copies
Face value: €1.65 International
Date stamp graphic design: Stéphanie GHINÉA
Legal notice: Postage stamp: Layout Stéphanie Ghinéa; photo (c) Teddy Seguin / DRASSM - Sheet outlines: Design and layout Stéphanie Ghinéa, based on photos (c) Musées de Marseille / DRASSM / Almodovar - Vialle