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Touching the Depths

10.12.2015, by
When it comes to handling ancient pottery, nothing can replace a steady human hand. Or so archaeologists believed before they tested Corsaire 1 “Speedy.” The world's first submarine robot archaeologist explored the wreck of the Lune, a warship belonging to the fleet of Louis XIV, which sank off the coast of Toulon (southern France) in Novembre 1664.
Robot in a dark water. it is grasping an archaeological object in its claw which is illuminated by a headlamp
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An engineer manipulates a robotic hand.
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An operator holding a joystick in front of three computer screens. He is piloting the robot.
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The robot is on the sea floor. In the foreground: a boat anchor. A cable is visible attached to the robot.
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A robot arrives on a submarine shipwreck.
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A robot places an object in a case deep underwater.
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Terracotta jars at the bottom the sea.
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On the back deck of the boat, men are manipulating machines.
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A researcher cleans a jar brought back to the surface.
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Ceramic jar in varnished yellow and green.
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On the site of a shipwreck, a machine scans ancient pottery with a violet beam.
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