CUA Black Sea Shipwrecks Research Programs (BSSRP), National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv

- Team Dates | Course objectives | Application Process | Requirements | Location | Accommodation | Food | Equipment | Health&Safety -

Underwater Archaeology

| Research Area -

| Sudak Fortress History -

| Pisa Ship -

| Other Wrecks -

| Recommended Reading -

| Report 2006 -

| Team 2006 -

| Archive 2005 -

Archaeological Finds

| Ancient Amphorae -

| Amphorae 6-7th cent. AD -

| Amphorae 9-11th cent. AD -

| Amphorae 12-14th cent. AD -

| Glazed Pottery -

| Kitchen Pottery -

| Metal Artefacts & Coins-

| Glass -

| Wood and Wooden Artefacts -


The accommodation is located in the Sudak - Novy Svet resort. Participants will stay either at the expedition camp or in one of the small private hotels.
The situation in the camp is rustic. The camp consists of rooms of 2 to 4 beds with basic furnishings. Electricity is available, as well as and portable cold water, and pit toilets. Hot showers are available in nearby hotels. There will be a team cook and the kitchen is well stocked with familiar foods. At times you may be asked to take part in communal cooking duties.


Breakfast, lunch and a late dinner will be provided. However, if you'd like another choice of evening meal, there are a number of restaurants in Sudak that provide good food at good prices. Those who choose to eat out for their evening meals will pay the restaurant directly. The camp is a short distance away from the town, where shops, an Internet cafe, and other forms of entertainment can be found.

Please note that under Health and Safety Regulations no alcohol is allowed in the camp or at the working site. Anyone found under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to dive.


Diving equipment
Everyone will be expected to bring:

  • a full wetsuit (the temperature of the water will range from 10° C to 24° C so 7 mm wetsuit will be suitable);
  • booties;
  • fins;
  • gloves (a pair of heavy duty gardening gloves will be more convenient for underwater excavation work);
  • a buoyancy compensator;
  • a regulator (with gauges and octopus);
  • a knife;
  • an underwater compass;
  • a diving watch or computer;
  • a weight belt.

SCUBA tanks, tank fills and weights will be provided on site. If you need to rent any diving gear, the CUA provide you with what you need for the duration of the course; you can contact Viktor Kobets at regarding renting needful equipment. All other equipment needed for conducting underwater research will be provided on site.

Recommended personal items:
  • foul weather gear, if desired;
  • several extra pairs of shorts and t-shirts (enough for two weeks);
  • swim wear;
  • a small tote bag (preferably waterproof) for gear to bring on the boat;
  • a camera;
  • sunglasses;
  • hat;
  • high SPF sun screen;
  • sleeping bag;
  • towels (a large beach and small ones)
  • toiletries;
  • warm clothes: a sweater or jumper;
  • waterproof jacket;
  • personal medication, including swimmer's ear drops;
  • walking or hiking boots.

Students and other participants should be prepared to deal with some inconveniences if staying at the camp. For example, there is no laundry or shower available, and all toilets are outside. However, nearby hotels offer these services.


This project requires its participants to be reasonably fit and familiar with hiking and camping. The region is a healthy one with a mild climate although during the summer the temperature is sometimes extremely high. Note that immunization against tetanus is the only requirement for travel to the Ukraine, although we also highly recommend immunization against hepatitis A and B. Malaria is not present at the research site. Please consult your physician or your local Health Department before coming to the program.

All participants are required to take out their own travel, medical and diving insurance. Local diving insurance will be provided by the program.

The nearest recompression chamber is at the hospital of the diving center "Shelf" ca. 40 minutes away.

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