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Between the Devil and the Deep

Meeting Challenges in the Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Heritage

  • Della A. Scott-Ireton

Part of the When the Land Meets the Sea book series (ACUA, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Challenges in Public Access and Engagement

  3. Interpreting Challenging Sites

About this book


In creating interpretive strategies for maritime sites, archaeologists and resource managers often are required to think creatively to overcome challenges and problems. These issues include interpreting sites in inaccessible locations and extremely deep water, enabling and controlling access to fragile sites and restricted areas, monitoring visitor behavior, making information interesting to a wide audience, and creating opportunities for public engagement, among other concerns. Meeting Challenges presents cutting-edge interpretation and public education strategies for maritime resources, both on land and underwater, with emphasis on solving the unique problems often associated with presenting these fragile, limited-access sites as heritage attractions and on developing effective visitation and civic engagement opportunities. The examples presented ideally can serve as models for resource managers, archaeologists engaged in interpretation, and site administrators. This volume brings together a diverse group of heritage professionals to discuss issues they’ve encountered and to present ideas and case studies for adapting, improvising, and overcoming them.


designing underwater exhibits development of shipwreck parks encouraging responsible recreation management of underwater cultural resources maritime heritage tourism maritime museum exhibits

Editors and affiliations

  • Della A. Scott-Ireton
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Public Archaeology NetworkPensacolaUSA

About the editors

Della A. Scott-Ireton is Associate Director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, specializing in maritime and public archaeology. Dr Scott-Ireton has served on the boards of the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology and the Society for Historical Archaeology, and as a member of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. She is co-editor of two other works on public education in maritime archaeology, Out of the Blue: Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Resources with John H. Jameson, Jr. and Submerged Cultural Resource Management: Preserving and Interpreting Our Sunken Maritime Heritage with James D. Spirek, both from Springer.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Between the Devil and the Deep
  • Book Subtitle Meeting Challenges in the Public Interpretation of Maritime Cultural Heritage
  • Editors Della A. Scott-Ireton
  • Series Title When the Land Meets the Sea
  • Series Abbreviated Title When Land Meets Sea
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-8177-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-0203-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-8178-2
  • Series ISSN 1869-6783
  • Series E-ISSN 1869-6791
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 214
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Cultural Heritage
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the book reviews:

“This volume … is an essential read for anyone involved in communicating heritage within a maritime context to the public. … Between the Devil and the Deep makes a useful contribution to the study and analysis of public heritage initiatives within the maritime context. … a good basis for people who are faced with presenting maritime heritage to the public for the first time and gives guidance to those navigating between pride in a project and institutional government policies.” (Danielle Newman, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Vol. 44 (1), 2015)