The DANAOS PROJECT is a collaborative endeavor between the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) and the Hellenic Institute for Ancient and Medieval Alexandrian Studies (HIAMAS). 

The project’s aim is to investigate evidence of maritime contacts and trade routes between the Aegean world and Egypt in antiquity, as well as Crete’s role in Mediterranean trade throughout history. The geographic focus of our investigation is the deep seabed between Crete and Egypt, where we hypothesize that numerous prehistoric and historic shipwrecks have come to rest. Our investigative tools include HCMR’s research vessel Aegaeo and its various remote sensing instruments, including sonars, remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) and the submersible Thetis.

The name of the project is taken from the Greek mythological figure Danaos, who was reported in antiquity to be the builder of the first ship (or one of the first ships), the inventor (or at least one of the inventors) of navigation, and the father of fifty daughters (the Danaides) who moved between Egypt and Argos.


HCMR R/V Aegaeo
HCMR's R/V Aegaeo

HCMR's Submersible Thetis
HCMR's submersible Thetis