Underwater Parks Versus Preserves: Data or Access

  • Todd Hannahs
Part of the The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)

Abstract

There is something incongruous in the very nature of this book. Here we find a number of archaeologists devoting their thoughts and energies to improving and facilitating public access to submerged cultural resources. On the face of it this is not just strange but even a bit perverse. It is not part of the archaeological discipline to provide the general public with more and better opportunities to access cultural resources, be they wet or dry. That is not to say that such access is never a proper management approach for submerged cultural resources. It is, however, not desirable from a purely archaeological perspective. Nor is it what archaeologists have been trained to do. If the best use of a resource is to be made through public access and not through an archaeological recovery of information, should archaeologists be taking the lead in managing these resources? If the value of a cultural resource resides in its archaeological potential, then increasing the stress on that resource by encouraging public visitation is a bad idea. If the value of a cultural resource is not primarily archaeological, why are archaeologists taking the lead role in management decisions concerning them?

Keywords

Excavation Pier Alan Cura Barge 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd Hannahs
    • 1
  1. 1.San Luis ObispoUSA

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