Tech Sub Association is a group of divers specialized in river archaeology as well as maritime archaeology. The two major operations spots are the river « Le Grand Morin » in the little town of Crecy La Chapelle (located 45 km East of Paris) and Corsica in the mediterranean sea. Member of the French Federation for Underwater Studies & Sports (Federation Française dEtudes et de Sports Sous-Marins), Tech Sub is also affiliated to the World Confédération CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques).
Every summer, expeditions are organized along the coasts of Corsica. Tech Sub studies wrecks dating back from the XVIth century up to the XIXth century. These operations are of course authorized by the French Ministry of Culturals Affairs. The team is completed with divers keen on underwater archaeology. The campaigns last 3 or 4 weeks. A high level work is done but training is not forgotten. The team works in a complete independence and is helped by various organisms (Collectivité Territoriale de Corse, Ministére de la Culture and Fédération Française dEtudes et de Sports Sous-Marins). The excavations are open to anyone on application. The average team is made of eight to ten divers. Pierre Villié a leading specialist in naval archaeology manages the operations. Results of the excavating works are published in detailled reports and books.
For more informations in english, see the U pezzo wreck annual reports ( 1998 ; 1999 ) and a INA Quarterly review about the Ca Ira wreck
Pierre Villié - An independent research worker, ardent defender of the archeological interest of so-called « recent » wrecks, is among the best french specialists of naval timber studies. At the head and at the source of the « Centre Fédéral dArchéologie de Crécy la Chapelle». He initiated for divers a concept of archeology training courses witch allow these divers to join Tech Sub team and the expeditions he organizes since 1981