Archaeological research started in October 2018, with logistical preparations (ensuring storage for equipment and archaeological findings, organizing a boat as support for researchers, installation of the pump on a daily basis, etc.). The first, broad look of the wider area around the waterfront, resulted in registered anomalies at the seabed, therefore indicating the need for further archaeological research. Initial clearing of stones by hand revealed an unknown structure, hidden by large stones, which have been dropped to protect waterfront construction from destruction by the sea force, and consequently the structure has been hidden from sight. Later aerial view clearly showed a newly discovered structure that has been devastated by natural forces over time and left unrenewed.
During the research, it has been confirmed that an unknown structure was preserved up to eight strings of blocks from northwest and seven strings of blocks from northeast side. The structure expands in the direction of the visible part of Kaše waterfront, but unfortunately is unavailable due to large stones dropped on the seabed with the purpose of waterfront protection. The whole situation was also geodetically and photogrammetrically filmed, including the seabed situation. By merging all photographs, a realistic 3D model of the whole waterfront has been made.
Kaše waterfront represents one of the most important monuments that symbolize successful and famous maritime affairs of the Republic of Dubrovnik. It is a trademark of Dubrovnik’s Old Port, that can tell an interesting and rich part of the Republic’s history.
In cooperation with the City of Dubrovnik Development Agency DURA Ltd, research has been carried out by the Institute for Maritime Heritage ARS NAUTICA, with the support of the University of Zadar, Croatian Geological Institute, companies GeoMar Ltd, and FOKA Ltd.