Organisators & Partners





                   Centre Camille Jullian


The Centre Camille Jullian is a joint research unit that associates the Aix-Marseilles University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and shares its research programmes with the French Ministry of Culture and the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap). Its activities aim at increasing our knowledge of the societies of the Mediterranean basin from Protohistory to the end of Antiquity.

 The Centre Camille Jullian is part of the Mediterranean Centre for Human Sciences pole of excellence (MMSH) and is based in Aix-en-Provence. The research unit brings together 110 permanent staff (researchers, teaching-researchers, engineers, technicians, administrative staff, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers) and it federates more than 100 research projects in partnership with local communities, private companies, and foreign institutions.

The Camille Jullian Centre is both a research centre, working on major themes that are periodically updated, and a regional research library. By extension, it has become an instrument for the publication and the diffusion of information, as well as a centre of archaeological investigations in France and abroad.

The Centre is recognized as a pre-eminent research laboratory, notably for Maritime and Nautical Archaeology, and Underwater Archaeology.




  • Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme

The Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme (MMSH) is part of Aix-Marseilles University and is supported by the joint research unit and facilities of the CNRS (USR 3125). Providing research facilities and frameworks, the MMSH groups 11 multi-disciplinary teams (AMU, CNRS) and houses the doctoral school ‘Espaces, Cultures, Sociétes’. It supports the scientific activities of its associated teams through the shared provision of equipment and tools. Its documentary resources are housed in four large specialist libraries.

  • LabexMed – Les sciences humaines et sociales au cœur de l’interdisciplinarité pour la Méditerranée

LabexMed (Humanities and social sciences at the interdisciplinary core of Mediterranean research), is a structure supported by the university foundation A*Midex to promote research excellence. It groups 16 interdisciplinary research teams within Aix-Marseilles University in the humanities and social sciences. It has the objectives of developing and promoting interdisciplinary research projects on the theme of the Mediterranean, training young researchers and encouraging their mobility within the Mediterranean basin, and Euro-Mediterranean partnerships.

  • Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Mucem), is a national museum inaugurated in 2013, the year Marseille-Provence was European Capital of Culture. It is dedicated to conservation, study, presentation, and mediation of the anthropological heritage of Europe and the Mediterranean, and the interdisciplinary research of these societies. It also has the vocation to act as a forum and space for discussion. It won the 2015 Museum prize awarded by the Council of Europe.

  • DRASSM: Département des recherches archéologiques subaquatiques et sous-marines

Created in Marseilles in 1966 by André Malraux, the ‘Département des recherches archéologiques subaquatiques et sous-marines’ (Drassm) is a national institution based in Marseilles, under the auspices of the heritage body of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. The service is able to undertake archaeological research requiring diving and has the vocation of managing all underwater heritage in both inland waters and maritime locations.

The Drassm has a 36 m 300t archaeological research vessel, the André Malraux, named for the founder of the service.

  •  Musée départemental d’Arles antique

The Departmental Museum of Ancient Arles (MdAA) is supported by the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council and was built in Arles in 1995 on the presqu’île of the ancient Roman circus. It provides a complete panorama of life in Arles and its territory from the Neolithic to late Antiquity. Of particular importance are the museum’s busy archaeological service and the conservation laboratory. The museum has temporary exhibition spaces and an auditorium. Since 2012, following the construction of an 800m2 extension carried out within the framework of Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture 2013, the museum exhibits the life of the ancient port of Arles, and houses the exceptional wreck of the 1st-century-AD barge Arles-Rhône 3.

  • Musée d’Histoire de Marseille

The Marseilles History Museum (MHM) is dedicated to the history of the town. It was founded in 1983 and was entirely renovated for Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture in 2013. It is installed in the Centre Bourse, near to the Vieux-Port, and incorporates the remains of the archaeological site of the ancient port (Jardin des Vestiges), a permanent exhibition, a temporary exhibition space, a research library, and an auditorium, which together make it the largest museum of urban history in France.

Through its collection the history of the town is traced from antiquity to modern times, particularly its port and maritime vocation. It also houses an exceptional collection of the six wrecks of Ancient Greek and Roman date found during the Bourse and Place Jules Vernes excavations in Marseilles.



  • Honor Frost Foundation

The Honor Frost Foundation was founded in 2011. Frost was an early pioneer in the field of underwater archaeology. When Frost died in 2010, she left the bulk of her estate to establish a Foundation to promote marine and maritime archaeology with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the advancement and research, including publication, of maritime archaeology with particular but not exclusive focus on the Eastern Mediterranean with an emphasis on Lebanon, Syria, and Cyprus.

  • Ipso Facto – Bureau d’Etude et de Recherche

 The underwater archaeology and oceanographic investigation and research group, Ipso Facto provides a range of scientific and technical services. Their skills are primarily linked to maritime and nautical research but extend to numerous specialties thanks to an extensive team of collaborators. The first development-led archaeological unit operating in underwater and maritime environments to be certified by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Ipso Facto is licenced to undertake preventive Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary period excavations under water throughout France and its territories.

  • Société Nautique Marseille

The Société Nautique de Marseille (SNM), located in the heart of the Vieux-Port, has, from its outset in 1887, been built around three core activities: the organization of regattas and nautical-based events, the management of berths, and the sailing school.

The SNM, an association governed by the French law of July 1, 1901, was state-approved in 1932, Youth and Sports approved in 1949, and is affiliated with the French Sailing Federation.

The SNM is allied with the oldest French clubs such as the Yacht Club de France and is twinned with prestigious foreign clubs.

  • Agisoft PhotoScan

Agisoft PhotoScan is a stand-alone software product that performs photogrammetric processing of digital images and generates 3D spatial data to be used in GIS applications, cultural heritage documentation, and visual effects production, as well as for indirect measurements of objects of various scales. This software is developed by Agisoft LLC, an innovative research company founded in 2006 with focus on computer vision technology.