The Technical Importance of Shipwreck Archaeology
“Is this vessel important?” is a question often received in connection with underwater ship finds. An underwater ship find may be of importance to a number of persons depending on their particular interests. A technical historian might want to study the vessel’s form and construction; an archaeologist will seek to retrieve artifacts pertaining to the cargo, passengers, if any, and crew; a salvager would look for items that could easily be disposed of to collectors and scrap dealers; and an oil company might simply consider the find an obstruction to a proposed pipeline. The current questions concerning the importance of underwater ship finds may stem from the recent studies of the cultural resources of the continental shelf.
KeywordsContinental Shelf Bottom Structure Maritime Archaeology Floor Timber Underwater Archaeology
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