The number of Internet related projects supported by commercial or academic bodies is rapidly increasing. One such project is NAVIS I, supported by the European Commission Directorate General X in Brussels and conducted by the Museum für Antike Schiffahrt, Mainz, Germany (Barbara Pferdehirt, Allard Mees and Ronald Bockius). The project aimed to create a multilateral international database for ancient ships from Europe and the Mediterranean, from the 1st millenium BCE to 1200 CE for the use of students and scholars in particular. The following countries collaborated in NAVIS I which took three years to complete: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey (Channel Islands), Holland, Italy and Poland. NAVIS I contains information pertaining to approximately 100 ships accompanied by more than 2,500 pictures.
Due to the success of NAVIS I, NAVIS II was initiated in October 1999.
It will enlarge upon NAVIS I with new finds of ancient ships from the above-mentioned
period and will establish a new database of ancient ship iconography on
reliefs, mosaics, graffiti, manuscripts, etc. Within the framework of the
project workshops will be held to discuss database planning for NAVIS I
and II; the structure and the organization of ancient harbors; conservation
and reconstruction problems of ancient ship-finds.
Two non-European countries have been invited to participate in the NAVIS II project - Israel, represented by the CMS in the field of ship iconography (Zaraza Friedman and Michal Artzy), and Tunisia, represented by the Département d'Archéologie sous-marine de l'Institut National du Patrimoine (Fethi Chelbi).
The project will continue for three years until October 2001.