The Albanian Center for Marine Research is a leader in nautical archaeology, coastal ecology, and marine geology in the Balkans. Our laboratory is the nearly 500 km of dynamic and stunning Albanian coastline situated between Montenegro and Greece. We bring together a broad scope of marine science disciplines to document our ecosystems and conduct research througout the region. Our unique approach to multidisciplinary marine science ensures a comprehensive analysis for scientists and integrative solutions for coastal managers. Collaboration with international partner organizations has allowed our archaeological discoveries to attract worldwide recognition and interest due to the historial value of such truths coming to light.
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ACMR Research Associate Avery Paxton and Coastal Ecologist Derek Smith were recently awarded a Waitt Foundation Rapid Ocean Conservation grant to study the nearshore environment in Ksamil Bay. Referred to as 'the Albanian Riviera', very little ecological data exists for this fragile and diverse mosaic of marine habitats. This novel research will bridge this knowledge gap and foster ongoing conservation efforts, sustainable tourism, and green coastal development along the southern Albanian coast.
Read more about the research here!
The 2013 Underwater Field Schools directed by ACMR Archaeologist Peter Campbell and Coastal Ecologist Derek Smith in Albania, Montenegro, and Crotia are featured in Submerged Heritage, the annual publication from the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology. Based in Zadar, Croatia, ICUA is the UNESCO center for the Balkan region. The entire team at ACMR is excited to continue collborating with our international partners and teaching classes throughout the region!
Read more about the classes here!
In celebration of recent discoveries in the waters off the southern coastline, the Albanian Postal Service has issued two commemorative stamps featuring the amphoras of two ancient shipwreck sites.