Maritime Archaeology: A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions

Maritime Archaeology: A Reader of Substantive and Theoretical Contributions

by Lawrence E. Babits, Hans Van Tilburg
     
 
This volume initiates a new series of books on maritime or underwater archaeology, and as the editor of the series I welcome its appearance with great excitement. It is appropriate that the first book of the series is a collection of articles intended for gradu­ ate or undergraduate courses in underwater archaeology, since the growth in academic opportunities for

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This volume initiates a new series of books on maritime or underwater archaeology, and as the editor of the series I welcome its appearance with great excitement. It is appropriate that the first book of the series is a collection of articles intended for gradu­ ate or undergraduate courses in underwater archaeology, since the growth in academic opportunities for students is an important sign of the vitality of this subdiscipline. The layman will enjoy the book as well. Academic and public interest in shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites is indicated by a number of factors. Every year there are 80 to 90 research papers presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology's Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, and the Proceedings are published. Public interest is shown by extensive press coverage of shipwreck investigations. One of the most important advances in recent years has been the passage of the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987, for the first time providing national-level law con­ cerning underwater archeological sites. The legislation has withstood a number of legal challenges by commercial treasure salvors, a very hopeful sign for the long-term pres­ ervation of this nonrenewable type of cultural resource. The underwater archaeological discoveries of 1995 were particularly noteworthy. The Texas Historical Commission discovered the Belle, one of La Salle's ships, and the CSS Hunley was found by a joint project of South Carolina and a private nonprofit organization called NUMA.

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A collection of writings from lectures, academic papers, and journal articles on theory and practice of maritime archaeology, covering the period from the field's inception in the late 1940s to the present. Articles encompass different styles and methodologies of archaeological practice, and describe progress in the technology of diving and excavation over the decade. Some articles reflect the long- standing rivalry between commercial salvors and archaeologists, and some reveal contributions to the field from amateurs and treasure- hunters. For students, professionals, and hobbyists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306453304
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
01/31/1998
Series:
The Springer Series in Underwater Archaeology
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
590
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.05(d)

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