Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca


Mar 21 2007

Fugro RESOLVE airborne electromagnetic survey systemFUGRO teams up with Odysseus Unbound project in the search for Homer’s Ithaca

  • Global geoscientific leader brings industry-scale resources to the quest
  • Airborne, land and marine techniques to diagnose suspected hidden channel
  • Latest geophysical and survey techniques to tackle earliest classical conundrum
  • Greece’s national geological institute IGME to facilitate the research
  • Ionian Islands to benefit from research into groundwater and earthquakes
  • Edinburgh PhD candidate to be sponsored jointly with Britain’s NERC
  • Unique collaboration between industry, academia and government

London, The Hague and Athens, March 21 2007. A major research partnership was announced today between FUGRO (provider of geotechnical, survey and geoscience services) and the authors of Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca (Robert Bittlestone, Professor James Diggle and Professor John Underhill), facilitated by IGME (Greece’s geological institute).

The location of the island of Ithaca that is described in Homer’s Odyssey has been an enigma for nearly 3,000 years, but the radical new solution proposed by the authors in late 2005 is looking increasingly plausible as preliminary scientific findings appear to support the hypothesis. FUGRO’s sponsorship will now bring industry-scale geophysical techniques to the project, enabling the team to conduct a ‘full body scan’ of the 6-kilometre long isthmus on the Greek island of Kefallinia that is believed to contain a buried ancient marine connection.

FUGRO is a world leader in the offshore, onshore and airborne collection and interpretation of data about the earth’s surface and the soil and rocks beneath. The company employs about 10,000 staff in over 50 countries. FUGRO Chief Executive Klaas Wester comments:

“The technical challenge presented by the project calls for a broad range of investigative solutions. This is an opportunity for FUGRO to showcase many of the specialised geophysical, geotechnical and survey services that we offer, while at the same time benefiting the local community and supporting research into our areas of expertise. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute our capabilities to this extraordinary project.”

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